Today is World Oceans Day!

Unfortunately, it’s not only sea dweller that sim in the sea.

Quite recently, World Environment Day to draw the attention to the current situation of mother nature. Today, just in time for the holiday season, we are celebrating World Oceans Day. But do we have reason to celebrate?

Infinite depths

Did you know that the oceans are covering approximately 71% of Earth’s surfaceThe ocean is home to many species – estimates of the number of species living in the oceans is about 1,7 million.

It’s deepest part, the Marian Trench, is located in the western Pacific Ocean and reaches a maximum-known depth of 10,994 metres (36,070 ft). It’s a dark place, no light penetrates this part of the ocean.

Terrifying discoveries

The deap sea is a scary place, but even more scary is what has been found there: The deep sea is a scary place, but even more scary is what has been found there: micro plastic is found in areas far from mainland but shockingly, also in areas deeper than 6.000m, debris of plastic was found.

Mostly, this pollution remains invisible for us, but becomes evident more and more: these days a male pilot died due to 17 pounds of plastic rubbish, that was found in his stomach.

What can we do?

The best thing that we could do: stop using plastics – but it seems that plastics are a nearly unavoidable part of our everyday lives. Reducing our plastic consumption to a minimum would be a start. The least we should do is separating waste so that it can be recycled. Unfortunately, this is not obvious to everyone as only 9% of all plastics is recycled and 12% is burnt.

Waste-collecting-activities

Another idea is to collect waste, carelessly thrown away by others. Just like we do at our Greenfinity Days. Voluntary helpers come together and spend the entire day cleaning thoughtlessly discarded waste from riverbanks and beaches, or reforesting woods.

 

Learn more about the current situation of our planet.