Human impact on the environment
Greece has announced a campaign against plastic pollution and promised to end the use of single-use plastics by June 2020, AFP reported.
"39 tonnes of plastic waste end up in the sea in Greece (every day) and a lot of it turns into fish food," Environment Minister Kostis Hatzidakis said at a press conference.
"The fight against plastic pollution is a government priority."
From today, humanity lives on an eco-credit because it has already used all of the planet's natural resources this year. This is two months earlier than 20 years ago, according to a calculation of the non-governmental organization Global Footprint Network.
Now humanity uses natural resources 1.75 times faster than ecosystem recovery capacity, scientists warn.
UN Secretary-General Ecuadorian Maria Fernanda Espinosa announced her intention to step up the collective fight against the pollution caused by plastic waste, which affects people all over the planet.
"80 percent of plastics end up in the oceans, between 8 and 12 million tons each year," said Espinosa at a press conference.
Turkey is among the 20 countries responsible for 83 percent of the bad plastic waste management in the world, Turkish Marine Research Foundation (TÜDAV) head Prof. Dr. Bayram Öztürk has said, adding that microplastic pollution of the marine environment is of increasing concern to human health, as microplastics have even been observed in the city’s water supplies.
Eight million tonnes of plastic leaks into the oceans and seas per year, resulting in the reduction of at least 600 species, 15% of which are endangered, at a cost of $80 million to European fishermen. However, there is a way out and it can be found in the past, according to the son of the great ocean explorer, Pierre Yves Cousteau.