As the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks and gloves are ending up in the sea, killing marine life, and polluting our beautiful oceans.
Check out this heartbreaking video and pictures to see what we’re talking about …
This poor fish got tangled up in a mask and was found dead by Clean This Beach Up this weekend in Miami, Florida.
Globally, people are using 129 billion face masks and 65 billion plastic gloves … and that’s per month.
Land-based activity accounts for 80 percent of ocean pollution … with 50 percent as a direct result of single-use plastics.
PPE tends to be single-use in medical situations … meaning it’s thrown away almost immediately.
These items end up clogging our waterways before landing in the ocean and harming marine life.
While recovering from the pandemic is undoubtedly the most important priority, it’s also important to remember that the majority of PPE is made of plastic.
Over 1 million animals — including mammals, fish, sharks, turtles, and birds — are killed each year due to plastic debris in the ocean.
At Karmagawa, we believe we can do better and it’s important to raise awareness and educate people about the proper disposal of PPE and other trash.
If we can do that, then everyone can be more careful and prevent animals from dying.
Have them watch this powerful video …
The director of this video, Amir Zakeri, created a masterclass for anyone in the Karmagawa and SaveTheReef community who would like to use film to tell stories that can help the environment and all its voiceless animals. If that’s you, here’s a discount to get 50% off the regular price.
What do you think about marine life being in danger from all the PPE being used around the world? Leave a comment below.