When Filipinos See Their Surroundings As One-Big Trash Can

The Philippines is world's third largest contributor to ocean plastic

The 2015 report on plastic pollution by the Ocean Conservancy and McKinsey Center for Business and Environment reveals that the Philippines is the world's third biggest dumper of ocean plastic.

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The research found out that more than half of the plastic leaking into the ocean comes from just five Asian countries: China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. It is noted that an estimated eight million metric tons of plastic waste leaks into the ocean every year. An immediate action from these countries could stem that tide.

As an immediate priority, the organization believe that there is an opportunity to reduce plastic-waste leakage by 65 percent in these five countries, resulting in a 45 percent reduction globally. These countries are expected to implement measures including closing the leakage points within the collection system, increasing waste-collection rates, using a variety of technologies to treat waste, and manually sorting high-value plastic waste.

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The report also revealed that the amount of unmanaged plastic waste entering the ocean has reached crisis levels. On current trends, the global quantity of plastic in the ocean could nearly double to 250 million metric tons by 2025 or one ton of plastic for every three tons of fish.

The critical finding of a joint report by the Ocean Conservancy and the McKinsey Center for Business and Environment can be downloaded HERE.

On June 15, Surigao del Norte Representative Robert Ace Barbers urged the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to tap other nations' technology for turning plastics into construction materials for the homeless.

"I urge the DENR and other research agencies of the government to reverse the cycle of plastic pollution by working with other countries to lessen, if not eliminate, it's toxic impact on human health and ecology," Barbers said.

He added that this plastic pollution has been choking waterways across the country and worsens disaster, particularly during rainy season.

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Meanwhile, Greenpeace Philippines reported that an equivalent of one truckload of plastics enter our oceans every minute. Plastic has become a major scourge for Metro Manila's waterways, clogging our drainage and causing flooding of our roadways and thoroughfares.

"We can do better. Little by little, we are realizing that plastics is not all convenient. It threatens our rights to a clean, healthy environment and our very lives and livelihoods," Greenpeace Philippines said through a Facebook post.

Unfortunately, plastic found inside a dead whale shark near Tagum in Davao del Norte on August 8th. Darrel Blatchley, who works with the Marine Wildlife Strandings in Davao Gulf, uploaded the photos.

"Nothing changes. The posts get shared. You get the sad faces but when the trash still gets dropped," Blatchley said.

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After few days, another whale shark found dead in Navotas Fish Port. You can watch the viral video HERE.
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And, just recently, a female dugong found dead in the waters of Barangay Dalayawan Araceli, Palawan on September 8th. The International Union for Conservation listed dugong under the vulnerable category and was declared a protected marine mammal under DENR administrative order 55 of 1991.
Noel On The Road sincerely hope that all Filipinos should continue with proper waste disposal and garbage segregation. We can lessen the impact of plastic pollution through our coordinated action. Let's all be Earth warriors, alright? 

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