According to an article published in the ocean facts section on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website (NOAA), eighty percent of pollution to the marine environment comes from the land.
I would like to think that most of the time all that plastic, oil run offs and debris have ended up in the ocean by accident. However, in cases like this shopping trolley that I found at the bottom of the sea in Manly NSW, it is hard to believe that it just fell in there by accident.
How did this trolley end up in there? Maybe kids or adults were playing and lost control of it and let it sink; I am very happy I found it and took it out of the water, I felt a great responsibility to do it as soon as possible after I saw it in there. I am sure that is what any ocean lover out there would have done. But now, what is really important is our marine conservation awareness so these things do not happen and this is the purpose of my post today.
The submerged trolley in question was found the evening before I was searching where to take the shot with the sunset and boats accompanying this post, I didn't have enough buoyancy on me the first night so I came back the next day with more gear to take it out of the sea.
It was a summer holiday day in Manly and the beach (harbour side) was packed. I felt shy taking that piece of metal with plastic and wheels out of the ocean, I could not believe what I was taking out of the water, and you can imagine the face of everyone at the beach looking at me walking with a salty and sandy shopping trolley.
Friends, there is no doubt that the ocean and seas are full of debris, so the question is, what do we do about it? I believe that every little bit of help counts very much, if we switch on our conservation mode we can all take part in the recovery of Earths Marine Ecosystems, we can make a difference and I am aiming to inspire you with this little action today.
We can start by being more conscious about the products we use, the way we handle our waste and how we teach our kids to care about this beautiful planet. The point of putting together the photos in this post is to show how beautiful the sea can look on the surface without really exposing what pollution lay underneath. So why not take some rubbish out of the sea every time you go to the beach? This will help even more and hopefully inspire others.
I am sure you probably read or heard this somewhere else, I would like to invite you to be the change you wish to see. It would be lovely to leave the world healthier than when we arrived by leaving a good legacy behind. Simple actions as taking debris out of the sea is very easy and can even be fun and very fulfilling.
Help us to create an inspiring conservation chain by sharing this post and sharing your photos doing your part. Go for It! It feels Awesome.