SOS: President Trump champions bill, saying its time to Save our Seas

Communities Digital News | 10/11/2018 | Jacquie Kubin
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WASHINGTON: Something should have been done by previous administrations, but they ignored it. The problem of plastic in our oceans has been left to fester to unmanageable effect. Saying that over eight millions tons of garbage, plastic, is dumped into our oceans, the President says Save our Seas is an effort to clean the plastic out. No other political leader, not in the U.S. or any other country, is willing to stand up for the oceans.

The Save Our Seas Act, an important bill which reauthorizes and amends the Marine Debris Act, will act to promote international action to reduce marine debris. We can only hope this is more than a bill and that President Trump will get behind this important effort to clean our environment, not just the oceans, of plastic.

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It is staggering to realize that more than two million tons of single-use (use once and throw away) plastic soft drinks bottles are sold each year. The number of those bottles made from recycled materials, about 6.6%, is very limited. A Greenpeace survey found that five of six global soft drinks firms sold single-use plastic bottles. These numbers do not include data from the Coca-Cola Co., who declined to provide researchers with their plastic usage data.

Single-use drinks bottles are a visible part of the problem of plastics pollution in the world’s oceans. Single-use drink bottles are the most common type of plastic packaging found washed up on shorelines globally, Greenpeace tells the Guardian newspaper.

Millions - Tons - Plastics - South - Pacific

All those millions of tons of plastics swirling around in the South Pacific Gyre and the oceans will take centuries to break down. In the process of that plastic breaking down, smaller particulates are broken down, ingested by sea and bird life.

Plastics in our oceans and waterways will not only kill the oceans and the animals that...
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