Plastic pollution is destroying the environment, harming the health of humans, and killing wildlife, a new report says.
The report, released Thursday, also called for more research and an end to the use of plastic in our everyday life.
Its author, Professor Andrew Stott, is a conservationist and an expert in marine life, marine environment, wildlife and fisheries.
He said the plastic pollution in the oceans is devastating to the ocean and our oceans’ biodiversity.
“If we want to conserve marine biodiversity, we need to take a long look at the whole of the oceans,” Stott said.
“We know plastic is damaging to the health and the well-being of all of us.
We have to take action to protect our marine environment.”
The report says that plastic pollution kills more than 5,000 marine animals every year.
Stott also says plastic pollution affects human health, especially by making us more susceptible to the spread of diseases like cancer.
“What is also happening is that there are more plastics in the environment,” Stotts said.
“We are ingesting more plastics and more plastic is getting into the ocean, and we are poisoning our oceans.”
Stott said it was time to put an end the plastic era and start a new era of clean water, clean air and a safe environment for our children and our grandchildren.
“The oceans need to be a sanctuary for marine life,” he said.
The Environmental Working Group, an environmental advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., issued a statement Thursday in support of the report.
The EWG said the new report “underlines that the current crisis is driven by unsustainable consumption of plastics in products like cosmetics, personal care products, and consumer products, rather than any increased environmental harm.”
The group also called on the Trump administration to take immediate action to limit the use and disposal of plastic, saying the use would help reduce the impact of plastic pollution.
The statement said the president should sign an executive order calling for the end of the use or disposal of all plastic in all consumer products.