Plastic pollution is a major issue for our rivers and oceans. This is due to three factors:
5000 billion plastic bags are used worldwide each year.
Only 9% of plastic waste is recycled worldwide.
Between 8 and 12 millions tonnes of plastic reach the oceans each year.
Plastic doesn’t degrade. It breaks into « mermaid tears ». Each week, one person ingests 5g of microplastics – that’s the weight of a credit card.
Climate change linked to the increase in the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere is a complex issue because its sources and consequences are both multiple and in constant interaction:
Makes up for 39% of greenhouse gas emissions.
Producing 1kg of beef is equivalent to driving 1600 km.
13 millins hectares of forest are destroyed each year.
Everyday, 100 millions barrels of petrol are burned.
The rise in sea level will reach 72cm by 2100.
All mountain glaciers will be gone before 50 to 100 years causing a freshwater shortage. La hausse du niveau des mers atteindra d’ici 2100.
Since the beginning of the industrial era, the ocean has absorbed 525 billions of tonnes.
In 2050, 90% of corals will be damaged yet 25% of marine species live in them.
The diversity of pollutants present in our rivers and oceans is a real environmental issue:
The biggest chemical pollutants are pesticides and nitrogen fertilizers. à ce jour, Today 43% of underground reservoirs are polluted.
Cigarette butts: one cigarette butt pollutes 500L of water.
Detergents: 7,2L are used every second.
Cosmetics: sunscreen subjects coral to a dose of pollutants 12 times higher than the norm.