The top five countries contributing to the world’s mismanaged plastic waste are: China, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand. As the world’s third contributor to plastic pollution, the Philippines leaks more than 500 tons of plastics into our oceans annually to detriment of our coral reefs, marine life, and millions of Filipinos relying on our seas and coasts for produce and livelihood. In a study conducted entitled “Stemming the Tide” published by Ocean Conservancy, the global ocean plastic pollution can be reduced by 45% if these top five plastic waste producing countries improved its waste management system.
The Philippines is located within the Coral Triangle – the global epicenter of marine biodiversity. Our country is blessed with diverse coral reefs, seagrass beds, mangroves and sea creatures of all kinds. In fact, we’ve been identified as the “center of the center” of marine shore fish biodiversity because of the high concentration of species per unit area found in our waters – higher than anywhere in the world.
The sad reality is, our abundant marine life is under threat. Climate change, unsustainable agricultural and tourism practices, and other land-based threats, particularly ocean plastics is becoming one of the most pressing issues our country is facing today.
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The Philippines must make a stand against plastics. Now.
What we can do? Here are just some of the ways we can help fight #PlasticPollution:
Ban smoking on beaches
Use reusable bags
Stop intentional littering
Enforce and strengthen legislation to stop marine litter
Show the true cost of plastic disposal on products
Invest in waste management infrastructure
Ban plastic bags
Invest in research to develop non-toxic material
Clean up beaches and shorelines
Plastic Battle (PB) aims to reduce or eliminate single-use plastic bottles at the source by engaging with business establishments, such as resorts, cafés, hostels, and restaurants, to provide people the option to refill reusable bottles for a fee or for free. The Philippines rank third in marine litter contribution globally, and prediction shows that there will more plastic than fish in the year 2050. This campaign aims to turn things around.
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