If we continue polluting at the current rate, in 2050 our oceans and seas will have more plastics than fish or living organisms.
En Portada deals with this global challenge in a Greek island, Poros, where the effects of pollution are visible and are putting at risk the sea environment where they live.
“The seafloor is already a garbage dump. If we do not take drastic measures, in 10 years or even less, we could call this the plastic sea”, says George Sarelakos, founder of Aegean Rebreath, a Greek NGO that is carrying out submarine cleanings.
Garbage Nostrum tackles the effects of pollution through several initiatives that shows the importance of this problem, so the authorities like the plastic industry and the citizens could take urgent measures to face it.
We have submerged into this problem to check it. In transit areas with plenty of human activity, like seaports, the seafloor is plenty of waste. We have accompanied volunteer divers in the rescue of “phantom nets”, abandoned fishing plastic nets that could take up to 600 years to decompose.
In the Greek island of Poros we have witnessed how the North beaches receive trash from Athens and the Attica region, transported by the sea currents and the wind. 80% of this waste is plastic. Pollution may ruin this spot of singular beauty, where most of its inhabitants live from this sea environment and its touristic attraction. The image is horrific, especially if we consider that we only see 15% of the total waste, which is what emerges to the surface.
Plastic is already, for many experts, the biggest threat for the environment. Each second, 200 kilograms of trash goes straight to the sea. If we keep the consumption and the pollution of this material at the current rate, it is estimated that in 2050 there will be more plastic waste than living beings or fish in our seas.