The European Parliament (EU) has just taken the lead in the anti-plastic pollution movement – Well Done Europe!
As reported by BBC News, the EU parliament has voted 571 to 53 in a favour to ban single-use plastics across the European Nations as a last effort to try to bring an end to the never ending stream of plastic pollution making its way into the rivers, lakes and of-course the oceans.
So what kind of plastics are we talking about?
As you may have guessed by the name ‘Single-Use-Plastic’ will cover all plastics that are used for a single time and which end up in the garbage bin. They include things such as; straws, cups, plates, tooth pickers, cotton buds, forks, knives, stuff that can take well over 200 years to degrade in the oceans where a great amount of this waste is consumed by marine life.
İt is estimated that the plastic in the oceans make up 70% of all ‘Marine Litter’.
Frédérique Ries, the MEP who proposed the bill, in a statement said:
“We have adopted the most ambitious legislation against single-use plastics. It is essential in order to protect the marine environment and reduce the costs of environmental damage attributed to plastic pollution in Europe, estimated at 22 billion euros by 2030.”
Another MEP said:
“If no action is taken, by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans”.
This is only the first major step on a long road to a plastic free Europe. The EU members now need to go ahead and approve the bill so it can become a European Law, and according to Reuters, there are some who are concerned that such a bill to ban all single-use-plastics would not only be extremely hard to implement but also would require further laws.
Passing a few laws may be difficult, but when you look at the bigger picture saving the oceans is worth whatever it will take. We are already at a no re-turn point of saving the only home we have. So I hope that the EU can approve the bill as soon as possible. So we can move on to the next problem.
Please also take a look at the below video to learn just how much plastic is in the Oceans.
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Source & Image used in this article: BBC News