Defending the ocean for all life on Earth

How Ocean Pollution Impacts Marine Life—and All of Us

Date: 18th April 2016

Source: Torben Lonne / AlterNet

The world’s oceans are a magical, diverse and abundant ecosystem that mankind needs in order to survive.

The oceans cover over 72 percent of the planet’s surface, provide over 97 percent of the world’s water supply and over 70 percent of the oxygen we breathe.

We have so much to thank the oceans for; however, they are threatened daily by natural and manmade pollution. Ocean pollution comes in many forms, but the largest factor affecting the oceans is plastic.

Over the last decade, we have produced more plastic than we have in the last 100 years. This sharp increase in plastic entering our waters harms not only marine life but also humanity.

Plastic kills fish, birds, marine mammals and sea turtles, destroys habitats and even affects animals’ mating rituals, which can have devastating consequences and can wipe out entire species.

Learn more about ocean pollution and how it affects marine life and humanity with the infographic below.


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