Jjef Pickett and Edward Huppatz are the owners of Tiare-Plastic Warrior, a gigantic ocean vessel (30 foot timber gaff rigged Tahitian ketch. Built in the 1950’s). This duo are interested in creating awareness for people about the problem of ocean pollution with a view to discouraging people from practices that can endanger the oceans.
These organizations are respected for their leading roles in creating awareness about ocean pollution and educating people on how to stop the destructive act.
One of the ecological problems that the world is facing now is marine pollution. This occurs as a result of the release of harmful substances like chemical, waste, particle, industrial substance, and plastics into the oceans.
Ironically, most of the pollutants that contribute significantly to the pollution of the oceans come from the land. Plastic wastes are the number one contributor to the pollution of oceans from the land.
Researchers have found out that almost 80 percent of debris found in our oceans is plastic materials and products.
In view of this, these environmentalists realized that it is important to get more information about this increasing problem and make it know to humans.
The progress so far
To gather real and reliable facts about this pollution, they embarked on a voyage that took them to the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the Indian Ocean, the coast of Australia, and the Bay of Bengal. During the course of the voyage, they have come to a stunning reality; our oceans are polluted beyond our imagination. The pollution is caused by the accumulation of tons of plastic products and materials on the oceans.
According to them, the oceans have over five trillion particles and pieces of plastic materials dumped in them. This pollutant is estimated to weigh a whopping 269,000 tonnes. They can be seen floating all over the oceans.
This act is destructive. The lives of animals that depend on the oceans for water and other aquatic animals are on the line because of this pollutant.
There have been cases of animals that died because of accidental consumption of this non-biodegradable pollutant over the years. Some animals have also been trapped in the oceans by plastics, leading to their untimely and evitable death.
Apart from the danger to aquatic lives, humans are at the risk of becoming affected when they accidentally consume fishes and other animals that have ingested this plastic wastes. As a matter of fact, we are all at risk according to the findings of the passengers of Tiare-Plastic Warrior.
There is no doubt that the fact-finding voyage has been successful. The amount of information gathered shows that humans are gradually harming our oceans. This should be a wakeup call to all and sundry to contribute a little quota to making our oceans free of pollution.
Non NGOs and government agencies can also help in disseminating this useful information among the people as our safety is a collective responsibility.
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