Earth Day 2018 is on Sunday, April 22 and this year the focus is on ending plastic pollution. The Government of Belize recently announced that they will phase out single-use plastic shopping bags, styrofoam and plastic food utensils by Earth Day , 2019.
By 2050, it is estimated that there will be more plastic in the world’s oceans than fish. Marine life eats or gets caught up in plastic debris and can then be killed or maimed. The plastic that is consumed by marine organisms, as well as toxins they absorb from the water, accumulate up the food chain making seafood potentially dangerous for humans as well.
This fascinating, yet sombering video explains the incredible impact that the millions of tons of plastic has had on the ocean, and its perpetual stay in the environment due to its durable nature.
University of Belize Earth Day - Be Fantastic! No Plastic!
The University of Belize (UB) Environmental Club has created a great video encouraging Belizeans to Say No to Plastics!. The theme of UB's Earth Day is "Be Fantastic! No Plastic!".
Check out the video here and learn what you can do to help:
How You Can Help End Plastic Pollution When Visiting Belize:
Everyone has the responsibility to protect the oceans and their inhabitants so they remain for future generations.
Here are ways you can make a difference and end plastic pollution when travelling and at home:
- Refuse any single-use plastics that you do not need, such as straws, plastic bags, and takeout utensils.
- Carry with you reusable versions of those products, including reusable grocery bags, produce bags, bottles, utensils and coffee cups.
- Use biodegradable alternatives which already exist on the Belizean market in the form of shopping bags, clamshells, coffee cups and plates manufactured from plant-based materials.
- Avoid the use of microbeads - the tiny plastic particles that are found in some face scrubs, toothpaste, and body washes. These microbeads readily enter the oceans and waterways through sewer systems and affect hundreds of marine species.
- If you are visiting the beach or waterways, collect plastic waste you see. This small task is one of the most direct ways to fight ocean plastic pollution.
- Donate and support organizations that are addressing plastic pollution and protecting the world's ocean such as Oceana Belize .
Our Conservation Work in Belize
Island Expeditions conservation work in Belize started over 30 years ago. In our first years of running trips, we recognized that we couldn’t take for granted the remarkable abundance of pristine habitats and wildlife that we have been so fortunate to make a part of your trip experience. We are actively involved with advocating for coral reefs, wildlands and wildlife management, education and sustainable development.
Call 1.800.667.1630 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org and learn more about our trips to Belize.