It is estimated that 8 million tons of plastic finds its way to the ocean every year. Approximations differ slightly, but somewhere near the middle of this century, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean, by weight.
There are really only two ways to slow this plastic travesty: the first, and by far the best, is to put less plastic in the ocean to begin with. To curb our appetite for single-use bottles and bags, consciously resolve, as a society, to use less plastic overall. Perspectives are changing in some areas… it can get better.
The second way to clean the ocean is to clean the beach. Today’s Surfrider cleanup took place at Titlow Beach in Tacoma, and a dozen or so participants walked the beaches and the trails to collect the inevitable remains of six-packs and chicken nuggets that seem to follow in the wake of some visitors. (It is ironic, isn’t it, that those who come here for the stunning natural beauty and the opportunity to spend an hour or two closer to nature find it appropriate to leave their spoor behind. For others to pick up.)
Thanks to all who made it out today. You are doing good work.