After the rain

Today, I went freediving. Or rather, that was my plan. It became evident after we entered the water and started swimming out to the buoy in Villefranche, that there was a problem.

We were surrounded by a plastic tide.

Flashbacks to Bali

I felt like I was back in Bali. This is the first time I’ve seen the scale of the problem in the waters here on the Cote d’Azur. I’ve done hundreds of beach cleans and I’ve picked up the odd bit of plastic from the water before, but this was off the charts.

I couldn’t dive in this. I was too upset. It was upsetting that there was no way for me to pick up these teeny tiny fragments of plastic floating past me.

But what I COULD do is swim back to the car, get my phone, put it in a casing I’ve never tried out before, hope and pray it doesn’t flood and try to capture the extent of the pollution. This is why I made a video. People need to see where their trash ends up.

However, people need more than to see it. They, WE, need to do more clean-ups, put MORE pressure on producers of plastic items to stop making this stuff, and we need to put pressure on our governments to make and pass stronger laws to protect our marine environment.

Solutions

Of course, as consumers we can all look for alternatives to products wrapped in plastic. We should also take waste management seriously and dispose of things correctly once we’re done with them. ALWAYS consider refusing, reducing, and reusing before you chuck something in the recycling or the bin.

If you don’t know what plastic does to animals, I’ll give you a short intro.

Plastic:

  • clogs up their intestines
  • starves them
  • affects their ability to have energy (since plastic is not food and doesn’t deliever calories, only toxins) to the cells.
  • affects their ability to reproduce.

If you didn’t know, now you know.

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