The most frustrating thing about plastic pollution is that it’s so easily preventable. It’s a simple case of picking up your rubbish. Or for the authorities disposing of it properly.
Seeing plastic bags, fizzy drinks bottles or crisp wrappers floating the sea is tangible. It’s real. And there are few people who could fail to be distressed by the sight of the world’s beautiful marine creatures suffering because of it – a turtle trapped in ropes, a fish stuck in a plastic bag, or a whale that died because it’s stomach was full of plastic junk.
In the short term, it’s important to raise awareness of the effects of plastic pollution and the preventable steps every one can take to reduce their reliance on it.
But in the long term, reducing the world’s use of plastic – and improving how plastic waste is managed – is a much bigger challenge.
At ViralPress we have covered hundreds, if not thousands, of stories where animals and the environment have been blighted by plastic pollution.
There was the diver who rescued a little fish that was trapped in a plastic bag, a sorry-looking hermit crab wandering around with a bottle top stuck on its back, the tragic case of an endangered whale found dead in a filthy pool of rubbish or highlighting the appalling state of Kuta Beach in Bali.
That’s why we have chosen to support the organisation Bye Bye Plastic Bags. They’re working hard every day to reduce plastic usage and improve the oceans, rivers and streams in Bali, Indonesia.
If you would like to do your bit to show how plastic pollution is affecting the world, send us your videos and pictures of the real-life situations you have found.
Upload through our website and include and many details as possible – where, when and who. We’ll make sure the world is aware of plastic pollution.
We’ll do the rest of the work and publicise the issue across the world – making the story available in more than 600 different countries online, in broadcast and in print.