Saving Our Oceans is a robust accounting primarily of plastic pollution slowly blanketing the oceans (and earth). The author also covers the illegal slaughter of whales and dolphins, the IWC, and most importantly, a chapter on what we individually can do to help stop the cataclysmic catastrophe that is unfolding on this planet.
Few people realize that the ocean provides 70% of the oxygen we breathe. If the ocean ails, we ail. If things continue as they are, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050, experts say. Almost every necropsy on dead birds, fish, whales and pinnipeds reveals plastic, including plastic bags, in their stomachs. Over 1,000,000 seabirds and 100,000 sea mammals die every year from plastic ingestion.
Although the vast, vast majority of the plastic pollution is said to come from Africa, China, and Indonesia, it affects us all. We are facing the extinction of marine life if plastic producers don’t step up and take responsibility for their end product.
Saving the Oceans is informative and infuriating, but ultimately it promises a bit of hope.