What was once a beautiful Caribbean sea has now been completely packed with plastic rubbish. The horrific transformation was captured by a set of images that have found their way online. Whether you’ve been there or not, you’d certainly feel disappointed.
The images were taken off on the Honduran island of Roatan. There were plastics, bags, cutleries, bottles, and even gift wrappers – all floating among the seaweed. One picture even – taken from below – shows the sun being blocked out by the hoard of garbage dumped into the body of water.
A deluge of plastic rubbish was found in said sea.
A pressure group called Blue Planet Society suggested that the plastics might have come from the Montagua river in Guatemala. There was even a recent footage (embedded below) showcasing a deluge of waste being carried out to the sea.
The shocking images were shared by Caroline Power on social media sites, as she hoped to raise awareness of the ongoing issue. She believes that it is about time for people to carefully think about throwing plastics in the ocean.
The pollution is so alarming that even the sun’s rays were blocked out by the plastic dumps.
She was quoted saying,
Think about your daily lives,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “How did you take your food to go last time you ate out? How was your last street food served? Chances are it was Styrofoam and served with a plastic fork and then put in a plastic bag.”
Do you still use plastic garbage bags? Plastic soda bottles? Zip lock bags? Plastic wrap on your food? Do you buy toilet paper that comes wrapped in plastic instead of paper? Do you put your fruit and vegetables in produce bags at the grocery?”
She challenges everyone to keep all their rubbish for at least a week. And when they do, they would be “disgusted” by the sheer amount of plastic they’ve accumulated over time.
It’s only a matter of time before plastics will outnumber all living creatures in our oceans.
Sadly, over eight million tonnes of plastic find their way to the oceans every year. Experts suggest that by 2050, there will be more rubbish than fish. In fact, current statistics reveal that our seas now contain around 51 trillion microplastic particles. Believe it or not, this is 500 times more than the stars found in our galaxy.
Apparently, though, this ongoing pollution is harming more than 600 species from around the world. And if this phenomenon continues, many of these species might just become extinct.
Here’s the footage showing the river of waste in Guatemala.
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