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Shore Buddies Wisdom Wednesday 5/13/2024

Shore Buddies Wisdom Wednesday

Stephen Seagull's View from Above: The Land-to-Sea Plastic Journey

Hey there, folks! Stephen Seagull here, your Coastal Crusader.Today, I'm soaring high with a bird's eye view to drop some serious knowledge on you. Did you know that a staggering 80% of all the plastic that ends up in our beautiful oceans comes from land? Yes, you heard that right! It's not just about what's tossed into the sea; it's about what happens on land too.

The Problem Starts Upstream

Most of you might think of the ocean's plastic problem as something that starts at the beach. But as someone who flies between coastlines and cities, I've seen firsthand that our plastic predicament begins way upstream. From city streets to storm drains, and even the seemingly serene suburban parks, plastic waste has a sneaky way of finding its way into our rivers and seas.

How Does Plastic Get There?

You might wonder how all this plastic ends up slipping into my ocean home. Well, it's simpler than you might think. Every piece of plastic not properly disposed of or recycled can potentially start its journey towards the sea. Whether it's a plastic bag whirling in the wind or a soda bottle left beside a riverbank, they all can travel through waterways, eventually making their way to the ocean.
The Role of Rain and Runoff

Rainy days do more than just dampen your picnics; they also play a huge part in washing all that mismanaged plastic from land into our ocean. City streets littered with plastic waste send these pollutants into sewers, and from there, they travel out to sea.

What Can We Do About It?

As your trusty Coastal Crusader, I've got a few tricks up my wing that can help:

  • Proper Disposal: Make sure your plastics are disposed of correctly. Recycle what you can, and always trash what you can't.
  • Participate in Clean-Ups: Whether it's a beach or a park, join community clean-ups. If you can’t find one, why not start one?
  • Spread the Word: Just like I'm doing from the skies, you can do on the ground. Educate your friends and family about how plastic waste can travel from land to sea.

Let's Wing It Together!

It’s not just about cleaning up the shores; it’s about stopping plastic from getting there in the first place. As a seagull, I may love a good fish, but plastic is one catch I wish we’d all let go. Join me, Stephen Seagull, in making a stand (or a flight) against plastic pollution. Together, we can keep our oceans just as nature intended—pristine and plastic-free!

Until our next high-flying adventure,

Stephen Seagull

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