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Publicist Elena Likhach: Ocean pollution will double by 2030

Publicist Elena Likhach: Ocean pollution will double by 2030

ecology, Ocean, Plastic, Elena Likhach
Atlantic ocean. Фото: depositphotos.com
Atlantic ocean. Фото: depositphotos.com

"Because of the constant release of microplastics into water bodies, the pollution of the world’s oceans might double by 2030 and triple by 2040. There are no effective ideas for counteracting this process, and the recycling rate of plastic does not exceed 20%. Therefore, initiatives to clean up seas and technologies that increase the depth of recycling are urgently needed," says blogger Elena Likhach, who donated 1.3 million euros to the Prince Albert Foundation, which implements programs aimed at reducing pollution in the Mediterranean Sea.

"The Australian science agency estimates that about 9.25 to 15.87 mln tonnes of microplastics have accumulated on the ocean floor. To realize the scale of the disaster, imagine that 16 mln tonnes is, for example, the total weight of corn harvest of all EU countries in the 2022/23 marketing year",  writes Elena Likhach.

The blogger notes that according to the UN forecast, pollution of the oceans will double by 2030 and even triple by 2040. As plastic drifting in the oceans enters the food chain, it could have catastrophic consequences for biodiversity, climate, human health, and the world economy. The problem also affects people. Constant consumption of microplastics with drinking water leads to hormonal changes, developmental disorders, reproductive abnormalities and cancer.

According to Elena Likhach, the problem has not only humanitarian but also economic effects. "Ocean areas contaminated by garbage become unsuitable for tourism, fishing, other seafood, and in general for any economic activity. As a result, the annual economic loss from ocean pollution makes about USD 6-19 bln," writes the publicist.

In her opinion, at the moment there is no effective way to get rid of plastic garbage. It is obvious that mechanically with the help of garbage trucks the problem cannot be solved completely. On the other hand, plastic consumption cannot be abandoned either: it is important both for industry and consumers. So we need to increase the amount of recycled plastic. At the moment it is only one-fifth of all the material. According to the publicist, ordinary consumers can also contribute to the process by minimizing consumption of polymers at home.

Elena herself has made a significant contribution to solving the problem: for several years, she has contributed more than EUR 1.3 mln to the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, which deals with the problems of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.

"I would like to thank all the participants and the staff of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. The organization supports and finances various initiatives aimed at reducing pollution in the Mediterranean Sea. I am sure these funds have helped scientists and activists a lot in their important work for all of us," summarized Elena Likhach.

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