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Clear and Present Danger…

In all of the products we use, all of the food we eat, the beverages we drink, and even the air we breathe, there lies hiding an invisible enemy- microplastics. Incredibly small and frighteningly stealthy, microplastics are slowly, but steadily changing the world as we know it. Their impact is felt from the most remote corners of the earth, from the highest mountains to the deepest trenches in our oceans. Microplastics provide a clear and present danger, danger to ourselves and to our oceans.

  • Microplastics have been detected on every corner of the Earth; from the deepest points of our oceans (The Challenger Deep), to the rain that falls from the sky.
  • Microplastics are small pieces of plastics, ranging from <5mm across-slightly larger than a kernel of popcorn-to 1 micrometer, or 50 times smaller than the diameter of a single human hair.
  • Microplastics are divided into Primary Microplastics (designed to be less than 5mm in diameter) and Secondary Microplastics (Pieces that break down from larger pieces of plastic).

Origins of Microplastics

Where do Microplastics end Up?

How Much Plastic is in our Oceans?

Why are these microplastics so bad for the environment?

Microplastics are incredibly bad for the environment because they’re a silent enemy. Their small size means they can be found everywhere, including in our bodies. When small marine animals take in seawater around them for food they end up eating a lot of microplastics. These microplastics make their way around the food web and are present in the bodies of many marine animals!

Do ocean microplastics only affect the oceans and marine life?

No! Microplastic pollution also affects ocean’s ability to trap carbon emissions. Here is how: Salps are marine organisms that eat phytoplankton, responsible for carbon production. Plastic pollution has become so bad that in most of places the Phytoplankton is now imbibed with microplastics and therefore salp droppings float instead of sinking to the bottom of the ocean – along with all the CO2 that they produced. Our planet is already experiencing a serious climate change crisis due to carbon emissions. And as the ocean is no longer able to store carbon because of microplastics, global warming will accelerate!

More and more reports reveal how microplastics affect human health. Some of these microplastics also have PCBs (Polychlorinated Biphenyls), which are extremely harmful chemicals that can cause cancer and many other deadly diseases in humans when we ingest them.

Every week we “eat” the equivalent of a credit card of plastic!

Are microplastics everywhere in our oceans?

For the most part, yes. We’ve found microplastics in the Challenger Deep, the deepest point on earth at the bottom of the Mariana Trench.

I personally found microplastics in the middle of the Pacific, check out my exploration with eXXpedition.

In Easter Island, the most remote inhabited island on the planet, I found so much microplastics on the beach and in the ocean!

Now that you learned so much about plastic pollution, are you ready to act?

YES is the right answer, if you care about your health, your family, the future generations and realise the ocean’s importance in our lives!