The International Union for the Conservation of Nature recently issued a warning because the Mediterranean dumps 230,000 tons of plastic waste every year!
If no special action is taken, the amount of this waste will double by 2040.
Egypt, Italy, and Turkey are the three countries that throw the most waste into the Mediterranean.
One of the reasons for this is that the coastal areas of these three countries are very densely populated.
Apart from that, there is no proper waste disposal system in these countries. But if per capita is taken into account.
Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia, Herzegovina, and northern Macedonia dump the most plastic waste into the Mediterranean.
The report published by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Mayor Plasticum Group the Mediterranean.
Clearly states that 1 million tons of waste have accumulated in the Mediterranean!
Mina Apps, head of the IUCN’s Marine Program, says plastic pollution is extremely harmful to land and water, both types of biodiversity.
The report further states that 229,000 tons of plastic are dumped into the Mediterranean every year.
You will be surprised to hear that this waste is equal to the size of 500 ships!
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature has also noted that 94% of waste disposal systems are in complete disrepair.
So, the risk is increasing this process.
To dispose of so much plastic waste, marine animals are eating it as food and dying by choking it.
Many animals die of suffocation or starvation before the life cycle is complete which is calling for the danger of the ecosystem.
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If a ban on plastic bags could be imposed in the Mediterranean, 50,000 tons of waste could be reduced each year.
Antonio Troy head of the IUCN’s Mediterranean Cooperation, says the government, private sector, research centers, and the public must all come forward to tackle the problem.
We have to work together to solve this plastic waste problem.
We need to think anew about how to reduce the use of plastic.
But if you want to choose a sustainable lifestyle.
First, stopping the use of plastic is the right stop he did not forget to say.