Photo Reveals Our Planet’s Serious Plastic Pollution Problem
Plastic pollution has been getting some much-needed attention over the past year, sneaking into our social feeds and seafood. One reason it can no longer be ignored is that it’s everywhere. Think we’re kidding? According to our organization 5 Gyres, in the Great Lakes, there is an average of 43,000 plastic particles per square kilometer. Don’t even get us started on the ocean.
It should come as no surprise that wildlife is the most affected by our addiction to plastic, which to them looks like food. A prime and disturbing example can be found below in a photo snapped by our photographer Rick Baraff at Earth Day Texas. The photo is a massive ball of plastic bags found by Planet Expert Marcus Eriksen in the stomach of a dead camel. Marcus said that he saw much more of it in the skeletons of other camels.
We are literally killing our planet with plastic just so we can have a straw for our sodas and a one-use bag for our daily trip to the grocery store. Please help get the word our that plastic pollution kills by sharing the photo.
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— Planet Experts (@PlanetExperts) April 27, 2016
— Alexander Verbeek (@Alex_Verbeek) April 27, 2016