Plastic bottles, plastic bags, plastic straws… Plastic has become such a natural part of our lives, but what is it doing to our ocean? The grave impact that plastic waste has on our seas has been gaining attention worldwide. We have travelled the world interviewing subjects on this issue.
What happens to marine species that consumes plastic waste? Fish consume tiny pieces of plastic, which end up in the human body. Paradise destinations such as Bali and Hawaii are faced with this harsh reality. The ban on plastic shopping bags is trending worldwide, while Japan is falling behind.
We have titled our campaign, “Plastic Waste: Stop Killing Our Oceans.” Something has to be done before it is too late. But what? Let’s take this opportunity to think about what we can do.
In response to JNN’s series on marine pollution from plastic waste, the Minister of the Environment, Masaharu Nakagawa referred to the issue as “a critical one for Japan” in an interview. In the future, he hopes plastic bags are either banned, or require a fee.
The ocean surrounding Japan is also in a critical state from plastic waste. However, Japan has been late to react to the crisis. What measures can be taken?
Now that we have looked at the impact that plastic waste has on marine life, what can we do about it? Let’s take a look at what England is doing.
Even the popular resort islands of Hawaii, who welcomes 1.3 million visitors from Japan annually, are affected by a significant amount of plastic waste. Among these are waste from Japan.
Indonesia’s tropical island of Bali, a popular destination for Japanese tourists, faces severe crisis. A massive amount of plastic has washed up against the shores of the beaches known as “Paradise on Earth.”
The biggest threat to oceans around the world comes in the form of microplastics, the smallest type of plastics. These plastics manage to enter the human body by way of clams and other marine life. What affect does that have on our bodies?
8 million tons of plastic waste, made up of everyday items such as PET bottles and plastic bags, pollute our seas annually. We will report on the severe devastation that this is causing. For our first report, we will discuss the reality in which 1 million birds are killed per year from plastic waste. What is going on in the ocean?