The tragedy of the Marine Litter – 70% is plastic? Clean up on Eigg beaches by the local kids magic..

How long?

How long?

On my trip to Eig we visited the “Singing Sands” a beautiful beach that had just had a clean up by the local people of Eigg and the school kids. A big thanks to all. The amount of Marine litter was terrible and it had been collected and will be removed. I spoke to some of the locals and they said it is a constant battle to try to keep it in check. Few in the world seem to care?

Beach clean up by local kids.

Beach clean up by local kids.

I see it every day on my local beaches and wonder what are we doing to the seas and wild life? Plastic bottles are a huge amount of the waste, surely there should be a tax on each bottle to ensure that they can be recycled and recovered?

Well done the kids.

Well done the kids.

What are we doing to this planet? How much plastic do the fish have inside them and it is getting worse?

We are killing our seas with our waste.

We are killing our seas with our waste. The Marine litter on Eigg cleaned up by locals and volunteers.

That’s how much plastic we’re tossing into the oceans every year! University of Georgia environmental engineer it’s enough to line up five grocery bags of trash on every foot of coastline in the world.

A study published by Jambeck and colleagues in the journal Science on Feb. 12 examined how 192 coastal countries disposed of plastic waste in 2010. The report, Plastic waste inputs from land into the ocean, estimates that of 275 million tonnes of plastic generated, about eight million (based on a midpoint estimate of 4.8 million to 12.7 million tonnes) ends up in the seas—blown from garbage dumps into rivers and estuaries, discarded on beaches or along coastlines and carried to the oceans.



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After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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