International Earth Day 2018 is dedicated to reducing plastic pollution - an issue close to our hearts at Pier 2 Pier.
Staggeringly, almost half of our ocean’s surface is covered in plastic waste, with an incredible 8 million metric tons of plastic finding its way into the sea every year. Picture five shopping bags filled with rubbish placed on every foot of our coastline worldwide. Soon coffee cups, water bottles and delivery packaging will start to lose their appeal! It’s not slowing down either, with plastic waste expected to double by 2025.
Inevitably, marine life gets caught up in it all, mistaking the waste for food! In the North Pacific alone, fish swallow up to 24,000 tons of plastic each and every year. The craziness doesn’t end there, with those pieces of plastic finding their way up the food-chain, ending up on our plates and eventually in our bodies.
Recent studies estimate that there are around 15 to 51 trillion bits of plastic floating around in the sea. Worryingly, plastic is almost too durable for its own good - it’s thought that every piece of plastic ever made still exists somewhere. No wonder our favourite tourist destinations are turning into landfills!
Things don’t have to be this way, and if we really can make a difference! So, what can you do about it?
For starters, you can join the beach-clean revolution!
In aid of International Earth Day we will be hosting a Silent Disco Beach Clean this Sunday 22nd April. Coming together, listening to music and cleaning up Brighton’s beloved beach is the perfect way to spend a day dedicated to Mother Earth!
Cleaning a single beach might seem modest when you read these scary statistics, but that would be missing the point. Whilst it might not seem like much, events such as Earth Day remind us of how a pinch of awareness and a little action can go a long way!
The Earth Day Network aims to educate people on the dangers of plastic waste; whether that’s harming sea-life, finding its way into food or soaking up harmful chemicals and disrupting our hormones.
Getting rid of single-use plastics, encouraging people to take personal responsibility and reminding companies of their environmental duty are all things that will make a positive impact! It encourages groups of people from around the world to make a small difference. That small difference will soon become a large one, allowing us to liberate those lovely beaches, oceans and wildlife from messy plastic!
So come to Brighton beach dressed as your favourite gift of nature this Sunday - whether that’s animal, plant or habitat - grab your litter-grabbing dancing shoes and let's show the world how much Brighton loves this planet!