“Sometimes it takes a tsunami to remind us what our legacy will be if things don’t change. Plastic is forever.”
Stiv Wilson of the 5 Gyres Institute reports on the aftermath of the Japanese tsunami March 11, 2011, for Outside Magazine. Due to the tsunami, he says, “the world finally woke up to the everyday pollution our oceans endure as the plastic zeitgeist of convenience we seemingly can’t avoid flows unchecked from every stream, river and sewer outfall in the world.”
Read the article to see Wilson’s sobering list of statistics. Here are just two:
Amount of plastic the average American consumed annually in 2001 and 2010, respectively: 223 pounds, 326 pounds
Current population of the United States: 314,220,127
This great international tragedy can serve to remind us about the scale of the plastic pollution problem, and how now it is more essential than ever to take a stand and have a voice.