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The economic destruction caused by the COVID-19 virus has devastated the economy of many nations, but something quite unexpected has happened as a result. A sharp drop in pollution from power plants, airplanes, and motor vehicles has cleared the air quite literally and allowed people to see things that were hidden by a pall of human-made pollution for the first time in decades.

In the Indian city of Jalandhar this week, residents were astonished to find they could see the mountains in the Dhauladhar range, which is part of the Himalayas, for the first time in decades.

People are noticing the world around them in a new way, which could lead to a new understanding of how human activities can damage the environment. Nothing could be more important in the fight to save the Earth from becoming too hot to support human life than reaffirming the connection between  ourselves and nature.

November 19, 2019 marked a very important day for Aruba’s future! The Parliament of Aruba has officially banned single use plastics and Oxybenzone, a chemical found in many sunscreens that contribute to the deterioration of coral reefs.

This means that any disposable, single use plastics, such as: plastic cups, straws, utensils, containers, and stirrers are now prohibited.

Starting July 2020, all import, sale and production of any single use plastics or Oxybenzone will be penalized.

The island started to take a great step in the right direction back in 2017, when single use plastic bags were banned. Now, taking it even further with this great achievement, the island can look forward to cleaner and healthier coral reefs, beaches and landscape!

Disposable plastic shopping bags take around 20 years to break down in the ocean – leaving chemicals and toxic particles (microplastics) behind. A bottle that holds one drink and is disposed of will take an incredible 450 years or more to break down into microplastic.

Most marine litter is plastic and comes from use on the land, traveling via wind and river until it reaches the sea. The energy and economic cost of recycling it is immense and less than 10% is recovered, with 50% going into landfill, some being made into durable goods and much of the rest ending up in the ocean.

Millions of tonnes of plastic floats in the ocean in giant islands of plastic trash. Unknown quantities have broken down into tiny toxic microplastic particles that act in the same way as micro beads, attracting and binding other pollutants and making themselves more toxic in the process. While it floats and degrades, the plastic leaches marine-toxic chemicals into the water.

The effects of plastic bags and bottle caps on seabirds, turtles, seals, whales and other species is graphically illustrated by their deaths from starvation after mistakenly consuming the plastic or from getting tangled up in it.


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