Plastic Waves

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Perhaps that is what awaits us, as if it were a science fiction film: life surviving on garbage islets after the agony of the mainland. A study indicates that there may not be a single marine ecosystem left unpolluted.

100 percent of the organisms located in the Mariana Trench show signs of contamination by plastic. The data becomes even more forceful if it is remembered that it is the deepest abyssal pit that is known. And that the plastic , that epitome of modernity, appeared among us only 60 years ago. An achievement, depending on how you look at it.

The study of the University of Newcastle could be read as an apocalyptic advance if we were not as entertained as we are in the laborious digging of our own grave.

However, the foregoing should be framed in the epidemic of over information that overwhelms us, to the point that we increasingly know more about nothing. The data pass hastily, pushed by other data that will soon be forgotten, while the nylon bags fly over the dumps in the open, which are already our identity brand.

Some may argue that it is the price of progress and we must surrender to the inevitable. That is not inevitable.

The seas of the planet today hold 300 billion tons of plastic, while the images of a documentary reiterated by cable television show the almost fascinating spectacle of a new archipelago born of modernity itself. Not the product of a volcanic eruption on the seafloor, but the accumulation of containers and bags that, analogous to most species, seem to look for each other until they form a surface of hundreds of square kilometers slowly transported by the waves, as it grows day by day.

Perhaps that is what awaits us, as if it were a science fiction film: life surviving on garbage islets after the agony of the mainland.

Plastic Waves

If we could be surprised, perhaps we would notice our strange ability to self-destruct, even if optimists like to quote Josué de Castro’s phrase: “Since the dinosaurs, no species has destroyed itself”. Although it sounds good, we should allow ourselves the benefit of the doubt.

The truth is that we recycle less than 10 percent of the plastic we produce and that, among us, the large companies that pack in the product called PET reject any legislation that requires them to reuse the packaging they produce. Or eliminate them.

A path that other countries are already travelling, perhaps because they pay more attention to those problems that we consider minor here. And, to our misfortune, problems, like monsters, tend to grow.

Legislate and create awareness, which is not about anything else. In that we should put some of the effort that we waste trying to remain indifferent.

 

Source: La Voz