Did you know there's an island of trash twice the size of Texas in the Pacific Ocean? It hurts to think about how little regard we as a society have for the use of plastic-even though we *know* that it lasts for hundreds of years and that each time we use plastic, that plastic will still be on this🌎planet when our children's children have children. I want the future generations to grow up in a place where the ocean is clear and full of beautiful fish, but we are quickly loosing sight of that. And the animals share this planet with us, too! How much sea life and other creatures swallow and/or are strangled by wasteful products we use that end up in the ocean/landfill😱? Also, animal agriculture has a huge negative impact and contributes to so much suffering in the ocean.
Animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction🦏, OCEAN DEAD ZONES🐠, water pollution💦 and habitat destruction🌲.
Every minute, 7 million tons of💩excrement are produced by animals raised for food in the U.S. Their poop runs off into rivers and lakes. To understand perspective on this: The waste from a farm of 2,500 dairy cows is the equivalent of the waste from a city of 411,000 people😱. 130 times more animal waste than human waste is produced in the US.
For every 1 pound of fish caught, up to 5 pounds of unintended marine species🦀🐬🐙are caught and discarded as by-kill. 90 million tons of fish are pulled from the oceans each year. Scientists estimate as many as 650,000 whales, dolphins and seals are killed every year by fishing vessels.
We could see fishless oceans by the year 2048.
About 70% of the oxygen in the atmosphere is produced by marine phytoplantkon. It is literally responsible for the air we breathe. We ruin the ocean, we ruin ourselves.
We as a society must make a huge shift in lifestyle choices if we want this🌎planet to be anywhere near as beautiful as it is right now for future generations. It is already depleting before our eyes if we look closely. A plant based diet cuts your carbon footprint by 50%. And let’s inspire each other to cut our use of plastic, who else is inspired by the zero waste lifestyle?! What tips help you cut plastic from your life?