Let’s be sure of the reality!

Do we really want to read more of these horrific headlines in our newspapers?

‘’Plastic pollution killed sperm whale found dead on Spanish beach.’’

(read the complete article https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/plastic-pollution-killed-sperm-whale-dead-spain-beach-bags-blue-planet-a8293446.html)

‘’Whale found dying off coast of Norway with 30 plastic bags in its stomach.’’

(read the complete article https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/03/whale-found-dying-coast-norway-30-plastic-bags-stomach/)

Not surprisingly, plastic appears on the list of Time magazine’s 50 worst inventions to date. But what is surprising is that it is number 28 on the list, below things like the Hulu Chair and Pop-Up Adds. Not quite sure what criteria was used but certainly not the number of animals’ deaths linked to the invention.

However, we mustn’t forget that when plastic was invented way back in the early 1900’s it changed the world for the better. Before its appearance, you couldn’t buy cereal in a box and plastic bag, nor bring home your milk in a plastic jug. Plastic brought significant and improved changes to every industry.

But of course, we are now living a different era, one where we have become aware of the negative impact of plastic. It is not biodegradable, it never disappears. It can break down, but then they absorb and release toxins which contaminate the soil and water. Which in turn leads to our animals dying.  One horrendous statistic – Every square mile of ocean has 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in it.

So, let’s be sure of the reality. Let’s be conscious of starting to cut plastic out of your life.  Carry a re-useable bag in your car for those visits to the supermarket. Go back to using a real soap bar. Use shampoo bars too. Let’s make the difference!

 

Vocabulary

To date (expression) – until now

Improved (adjective) – better

Become aware of (collocation) – be conscious of

Release (verb) – emit

Leads to (verb) – gives the consequence of

Horrendous (adjective) – very bad

Cut up – not use anymore

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One comment on “Let’s be sure of the reality!
  1. Owain says:

    Great advice Gilly. We should all make sure we take a re-usable bag with us everywhere. I’m still working on that one.

    Of course, we still need to clear up the plastic we’ve already dumped. Maybe these enzymes are the solution…https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/16/scientists-accidentally-create-mutant-enzyme-that-eats-plastic-bottles

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