Poisoning Ourselves – by Rebecca Mayer

Photo: Scientists say toxins from plastics are entering the Antarctic food chain. (Chook Brooks: ABC News)

According to ABC News:

“American oceanographer Charles Moore has labelled plastic pollution as a bigger problem than climate change, and one that must be fixed.

‘It’s murderous to marine ecosystems. It is acting as both predator and prey. As predator it is tangling things up and killing them,’ he said.”

Plastic pollution arriving in Antarctica, our last pristine “frontier,” by way of the Southern hemisphere is found to be poisoning marine life and entering our own food chain, according to new research published in ABC News’ The World Today by Miriam Hall.

Moore wonders what it will take for our disposable culture to end.   Five years ago, he says, there were birds without traces of plastic ingestion to be found along the coasts of his home country, Australia.

“Now it is 100 per cent of all birds and these are the most common seabirds in the world, the shearwaters, 100 per cent of them have eaten plastic.”

Being alert to the reality of throw-away culture is the first step.  Now, what will you do about it?


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One Response to Poisoning Ourselves – by Rebecca Mayer

  1. I’m doing something. I have designed a innovative (received US Patent) glass-lined container. It can be used and re-used so that one never throws anything out.

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