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Ecology

Föhr - The First Plastic Free Island

Many seas and oceans suffer the same pain! About 8 MILLION TONS of plastic are dumped into our oceans every year, and it does not seem that it will stop soon.

Whether you believe it or not, what you see on the picture below is the Caribbean Sea. What you see is one of the biggest catastrophes in our nature, caused by humans. Caroline Power, an underwater photographer comments the picture with “To see something that I care so deeply for being killed, slowly choked to death by human waste was devastating,”. And this is not a solitary case. Many other seas and oceans suffer the same pain! About 8 MILLION TONS of plastic are dumped into our oceans every year, and it does not seem that it will stop soon.

Still there is hope. There are people and projects which try to avoid this horrible situation. One of these projects is called “Island Föhr- Plastic free is Trend”. Föhr is an island in Germany at the North Sea. Until 2016, it had massive problems with plastic in the sea. Approximately 20.000 tons of plastic are yearly thrown into the North Sea.

The island tackled the roots of the problem by educating the inhabitants about how to clean the ocean. Everyone joined the venture, fishers, dealers, caterers and the inhabitants of the island. Together they tried to use as few plastics as possible for their undertakings. The number of plastic bags being used were reduced, since plastic bags usually are thrown away. People learned to recycle what they had thrown away earlier. Instead of “coffee to go cups”, they are selling porcelain cups.

All in all, it is their goal to integrate as many ideas as possible into the daily life to reduce the plastic their sea. Due to their achievements they serve as role models. The animals and plants in the seas all other the world are suffering. Soon their suffering might turn out to death, and we will lose a big ranch of beautiful species in our world. Hopefully this will not happen, and projects like the island Föhr will continue and help the oceans.

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