With an ever-growing concern for our oceans, it seems that the media is bringing more and more awareness to the impact that plastic pollution is having on our seas. Unless you’ve been making a huge effort to avoid the news recently, you’ll know that the ocean is vital to life on Earth. But why, exactly, is this the case?
Pictured: Greta Thunberg speaks during the COP25 Climate Conference on December 11, 2019, in Madrid, Spain.
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With new and emerging role models for children and teens to look up to, it's no wonder that people's opinions are progressively changing. Take Greta Thunberg for example; Greta is a Swedish environmental activist who has gained international recognition for promoting the view that humanity is facing an existential crisis arising from climate change. At only 17 years old, she uses peaceful protest in order to help make change across society, and has inspired millions of teens worldwide to take action into their own hands.
One of the largest climate change protests which she has inspired was along the West Coast of Australia, with more than 350,000 attendants. Australia is a country already suffering from soaring temperatures and warming seas that have contributed to the death of half the Great Barrier Reef.
Scientists say the wave of extinction facing the ocean in the coming century could be the worst since the dinosaur age. If we don’t change the way we do things, and fast, we are on track to cause irreversible damage to the ocean and the collapse of some of the most important food sources in the world.
Luckily, the UK Government is moving in the right direction - They have funded an additional £7 million to Marine Protected Areas, which will mean that they can continue and expand, supporting the protection of key species such as turtles, whales, fish, seabirds and wider marine life.
Fortunately, if we work together we are within reach of a world that respects our oceans, their inhabitants and the people who depend on them.
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