The Year 2463

submitted by St.Benedict College Girls' Secondary School Tarxien : Joslyn Falzon  for 15-18
dissemination(s): other, Participation in School Open Day, school media
filed under Photos

Just imagine for a moment, the year 2463. The plastic bottles shown in this photograph will finally cease to exist. Research shows that plastic material takes at least 450 years to decompose into the sea. This waste is certainly a threat to sea birds and several marine animals as some of them become entangled in it and die. Other creatures, in particular endangered sea turtles, mistake plastic bags for jelly fish. The ingestion of plastic material by these animals is often fatal as it blocks their intestines making them starve to death. Online research reveals that during an autopsy performed on a dead turtle scientists discovered 1,000 pieces of plastic in its stomach!!
Public awareness should be increased urging people to reduce, re-use and recycle plastic waste. More litter and recycling bins should be placed on the beaches and people should be responsible and make proper use of them.

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