Sir David Attenborough posted on his Facebook page about the damage we are inflicting using plastic.
At a landfill in Spain, a stork entangled with a plastic bag was freed by the photographer. Sadly, a single bag can kill more than once.
If ever a photo so vividly illustrates the damage humans are inflicting on the natural world…. Please think before you buy anything in plastic, do you need it? If you do please dispose of it carefully. Wherever I go now, whether it be in the mountains, on the moors or on the coast there is discarded plastic everywhere. The Government haven’t a clue, by the time they act it will be too late, they are going to ban wipes and cotton buds within the next 20 years !!!! It’s up to us as consumers to act now, enough is enough, plastic will destroy the world and its wildlife. Please note it’s not my image, it’s from National Geographic. — Sir David Attenborough
Madhavi Venkatesan, Ph.D. is a current board member of ISEE. She adds her thoughts below.
Plastic consumption is directly tied to economics. The issues we face can be attributed to the externalities we have allowed to persist in order to facilitate short-term consumption satisfaction and financial return. Recognition of the holistic impact of consumption is consistent with rational agent behavior and requires individual responsibility from the perspective of consumption, investment and government participation.
Sustainable Practices, a 501(c)3 non-profit on Cape Cod, is focused on increasing awareness of conscious consumption, using plastic bottle procurement and distribution as the entry point for an all-Cape education and citizen advocacy effort. The organization, which was founded by ISEE board member Madhavi Venkatesan, launched the Cape Plastic Bottle Ban in 2018 to raise awareness of the environmental and human impact of plastic bottle consumption. The Ban will culminate it its initial phase with a 15 town (all-Cape) vote in spring 2019 on the purchase, sale, and distribution of plastic bottled beverages by town governments on Cape Cod.