Plastic on Beaches
The Filthiest People Alive
Modern humans are the filthiest people of all time. We junk everything including the environment on which we and all other life depends. Look at the mess we create.
While most of us would be ashamed if our houses were in this state we seem to have no problems with the pollution we put into the homes of animals and ocean life. But it is our home too and pollution is killing us as well as all other life forms. It does not take much imagination to understand just what plastic is doing to the world, and that is only one of the poisons.
WARNING; This lens will make you sick -
Maybe it will make some THINK -
A Beach Near You
They all rushed to clean it up
When oil leaks into the oceans everyone is appalled. People rush to clean it up and major spills, like that recently in the Gulf of Mexico, demanded huge compensation payouts for the cleaning and restoration of coastal beaches and fisheries.
But nothing it seems is being done about plastic spills in the oceans or on beaches. When plastic eventually breaks down it just becomes smaller and is eaten by animals
So why did this oil leak cause such an outrage? Was it because Americans were affected? Was it because crude oil stinks and is gluey on the skin? Was it because it is an irritant to lungs and other body organs? Was it because of the effect on birds and fish, that was so visible as the oil soaked and suffocated the poor creatures washed ashore? Was it because businesses around the coast lost money from tourists and saw a way to be compensated?
There are probably a million questions to be asked about this and possibly even more answers but the facts are that the mess was cleaned up and in record time. BP paid out billions and now other companies are being brought to account as well. All well and good for the environment, so you might think. And you are right - it had to be cleaned up and fast.
But the oil that comes into the oceans as plastic stays and only a few really care. Few are out there crying foul! How much are governments spending to clean it up or to stop it from happening? The United Nations is completely silent on the issue. We are going to pay the price when the oceans are dead, the marine life is gone, and the birds and fish are wiped out. We are going to pay the price as the land suffers from the loss of these things and food production declines to a point where probably 6 out of 7 people will starve to death or die from pollutants. Time is running out!
We are dicing with death because plastic is far worse than any visible oil spill. Crude oil is a natural substance that nature can and does deal with, but plastic is killing us. Do you even know about the problems associated with it?
It is a vile, hideous substance that manufacturers embrace, that stores promote, that people buy and use as a miracle substance that is so convenient in this THROW AWAY SOCIETY.
Oil Pollution in Florida
Plastic is Oil
Many fail to realise that plastic is made from oil. That is why it floats. But the oil in plastic has been changed by chemicals and heated into something that nature cannot deal with. It has been hardened and is an unrecognisable pollutant which marine and bird life are eating as food.
But they are starving to death because it is indigestible. Mothers are feeding it to their young and they die. It is also carcinogenic.
The onset of plastic related cancers and other diseases should be a warning that food wrapped in plastic causes anything from breast cancer to leukemia, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, colon cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, brain cancer, and cancer of just about any other part of the body. Mothers who ingest products contaminated by plastic while pregnant can obviously cause babies to be born with cancer, as they are.
A friend of mine had a granddaughter born with a massive growth on her forehead. She lived less than 3 weeks to the devastation of everyone. This is something we see more of now and it coule be related to what the mother ate during pregnancy. But newborn babies are also fed from plastic bottles, are soon encouraged to drink juice and cordial from plastic containers, and are fed copious amounts of soft drink from them as well.
Are we that handicapped by industry that we can't force change and free ourselves of the bondage that has gripped us all?
We take cheese slices from plastic, sauce is in plastic, meat is packed in plastic, fruit and vegetables are carried in plastic, milk is in plastic, take away food is in plastic, clothing is wrapped in plastic, household goods come wrapped in plastic, garbage bins are plastic, computers are plastic, even cars are being made with plastic parts. We are locked into a catastrophy, therefore, from which we may not escape.
Should we Stop Buying Plastic Goods
Or just ignore the consequences and go on with our iives
Stop buying anything packed in plastic
It's not Just Plastics
But just about everything man manufactures.
Green Peace notes: "Our oceans remain one of the final frontiers: unexplored, unknown, and in some places, unreachable. Every second breath we take comes from the oceans. We rely on them for food, for recreation, and the very life we all too often take for granted. In return, we are choking them with pollution and destroying the marine environments that enable us to live rich and enjoyable lives. One key way to reverse the destruction is a global network of marine reserves."
Wikipedia notes: "Many potentially toxic chemicals adhere to tiny particles which are then taken up by plankton and benthos animals, most of which are either deposit or filter feeders. In this way, the toxins are concentrated upward within ocean food chains. Many particles combine chemically in a manner highly depletive of oxygen, causing estuaries to become anoxic.
When pesticides are incorporated into the marine ecosystem, they quickly become absorbed into marine food webs. Once in the food webs, these pesticides can cause mutations, as well as diseases, which can be harmful to humans as well as the entire food web.
Toxic metals can also be introduced into marine food webs. These can cause a change to tissue matter, biochemistry, behaviour, reproduction, and suppress growth in marine life. Also, many animal feeds have a high fish meal or fish hydrolysate content. In this way, marine toxins can be transferred to land animals, and appear later in meat and dairy products."
If Marine Life Collapses
What will you eat?
Give me beef over fish any day
Most Polluted American Beaches
Should Plastic Drink Bottles be Banned?
or do we allow them to continue to destroy ocean life
Ban Them Completely
Alternatives to Plastic
There are hundreds of alternatives
My life has been mostly free of plastics. As a child milk came in glass, we used glasses instead of plastic drinking containers, we had glass bowls, drinks came in glass or stoneware, eating utensils were also of metal, plates were china or glass, clothes came on hangers or were freely packaged in carboard boxes, shopping bags were cane baskets, goods were wrapped in paper, rubbish was wrapped in newspaper, furniture was made of timber, cars were all metal, wood and rubber, toys were made of wood, tin, steel or such like.
We swam in unpolluted oceans, drank unpolluted water, breathed unpolluted air and generally had fewer diseases or conditions requiring little more than an occasional visit to the doctor. Today we see the hospitals full of cancer patients, there is a global epidemic of diabetes, chronic heart and lung diseases, liver and kidney failure, and so on. We see these things in ever younger people - so is our lifestyle healthy or is it killing us? Not only taking lives but living it in extremely painful and heart breaking ways.
But the trouble with the world of that era was that things did not wear out. There was little reason to replace anything that had a life-time just about as big as your own. You could pass things on to the next generation. And nature flourished. People mainly grew their own food without pesticides and sprays. They ate from their gardens without fear of consuming GM crops, they raised their own chickens and harvested eggs from the back yard. They also made most of their own clothes.
The quality of the goods manufactured prior to the 1970s is such that they are now very expensive to buy. Furniture and the like have become antiques and are valued for their manufactured beauty and the skill of the craftsman, But that did not suit consumerism. Well, that word had not even been coined I don't believe when I was a child.
In those times craftsment took pride in the quality of their goods. Now it is common to make products with a terminal life of some 1 to 5 years so people will buy more. That means that you have to pay extra if you want a longer guarantee than 1 year. It's a con of major proportions and has led many back to older products that have been restored rather than risk new ones.
Are we all that crazy that we allow money to rule over our lives. Industry bosses want to make more money and plastic is the answer. Cheap, handy, only some of it recycled, and with few worries about what happens to it afterwards.
Plastic has made them rich, even richer and turned some into billionairs because they sell more. Plastic is cheap and it makes great replicas of genuine products. Those manufactured from plastic resemble things made from more substantial materials.That allows more to be made for a lot less and to be sold for the same price as goods made from other materials.
Prices of such goods, which cost cents to make and yet sell for as high as $15 or more, stop me in my tracks. The consumer is being ripped off in more ways than one and CEO's are laughing all the way to the bank.
Plastic is also light so it is popular with house wives who can use it for a while and then cast it out and buy more products to replace it. It is easier to handle, less bother to clean and disposing of it is simple. Just send it to landfill or, if you are on a boat, toss it into the ocean.
Today kids have plastic toys, plastic swings, toy cars or dinkies. They ingest polluted air, food and drink and as adults they cannot escape their plastic handicapped lives. Today's leaders of industry and politics are fools and we are going down the slippery slope towards the end of life as we know it?
The throw away society was born in the late fifties and plastic came into shops during the 60's and 70's but the effect of it was probably not felt much before the 80's. Those of us who grew up without it are probably the ones most opposed to its use and more horrified about what is happening to the world. Those of us old enough to remember the beautiful blue planet as God created it will soon be gone and those who grew up with plastic as the main source of everything will remain, along with their diseases, collapsing body parts, artificial food and dead oceans.
This was written by a man in India and it should be something we take onboard. "Over the past few of years, many people asked me for help in getting plastic out of their lives. . . While it is . . . impossible to . . . remove all plastic from one's life, it is definitely worth reducing it to a minimum. . . , I came into a world that was nearly free of the scourge that has come to fruition since then. . . I am considerably more adamant about removing all plastics from his life and not so concerned about the type of plastic . . . It is through years of research that I have seen that all plastics must be stopped . . . As you approach this subject, please do so at a pace that doesn't overburden you into dropping the issue altogether. But do keep moving along as quickly as is practical." Pail Goettlich
Do You Favor the Old Way of doing things
over the new consumerism ideas?
definitely, I love the thought of doing things for myself
Oprah on Earth Day
Bringing This Into The Open
Will Exposure of the problem help?
It seems many are incensed about what goes on in the world, but our voices are silenced by the money falling into cash registers. Whenever these problems arise they look at it for a whie and then forget and return to their old ways.
Below is a list of lenses that address environmental issues as I see them and perhaps if readers of this lens will take the message to others and refer others to read it as well we might make a difference. It would be great if the parliamentarians were sent copies of it and some of the other lens url's to bring them to their senses. After all they wil not escape what is coming.
There are a lot of industry leaders and politicians who would like to silence people like me forever. They want the freedom to make money at any cost because they see themselves as fulfilling some kind of success story for themselves. But if there is no one around to know them then what is the point. NO ONE AROUND will mean a very lonely existence for any survivors of this halocaust.
The Great Pacific Trash
The Pacific Garbage Patch
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