Starting with the industrial revolution, from 1900 until today, the industrial activity of man has increased so much that man has slowly become a virus that kills the planet.
Due to scientific and technological progress, man has invented more and more resistant materials, but at the same time cheaper. One of these materials is plastic, with its infinite assortment.
Undoubtedly, plastic is a revolutionary material that has brought many benefits to industries of all kinds, from the food industry to the pharmaceutical industry, and other industries. Plastic is so good that it is used even in the aeronautics and car industry.
The problem with plastic, as with any other waste, is that, after being used, it is thrown mostly into the oceans and the world’s oceans are already suffocated by plastic waste. Through industrial activity out of control, mankind produces a negative impact not only on the climate but also on marine ecosystems, by choking the oceans with plastic waste.
For these reasons, I can say that man has become a virus that kills his own planet. Ecologists say that mankind produces so many plastic wastes that it throws into the oceans that they can cover the ocean coasts of all continents.
Plastic waste floating on the oceans of the world is not evenly distributed over their surface as ocean currents and wind gather this waste in certain places. The largest accumulation of plastic waste in the ocean has been in the northern Pacific Ocean since the 1990s and is called The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
According to some estimates, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch has a mass of around 100 million tons and an area of around 1.5 million square kilometers.
To figure out the huge size of this island of waste, we have to say that it has a dimension between that of Madagascar and that of Greenland. Unfortunately, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is not the largest island of waste. Ecologists have found in 2016 an even bigger waste island on the Chilean coast.
One-fifth of these wastes are thrown by the ships that pass there, the rest being thrown by the sewage on the coast. Estimates of environmentalists say about 8 million tons of plastic waste is poured annually into the oceans. Asian countries, and especially China, are at the moment the biggest polluters, where industrial activity is booming, without regard to the impact on the ecological environment.
Another big problem is that much of this plastic waste is fragile and under the influence of the sun and waves breaks into small pieces that are then eaten by birds and marine fauna, being confused with food. That is why we are witnessing an ecological disaster where many birds and fishes die from this plastic.
Another problem is that this plastic waste reflects the sunlight preventing it from reaching below the surface of the water, thus directly affecting the marine environment beneath the surface of the water.
As I said at the beginning of this article, the man in general, but especially the multinational corporations that produce these wastes, is totally irresponsible to the planet that hosts us and nourishes us, as a loving mother.
The man came to act like a drunken who set his own house on fire, with his family and himself locked in that house. Unfortunately, there is not much time until nature and the planet themselves will take revenge on us!
Article created by Chris © Alien Star