According to the latest reports, plastics in the ocean will outweigh the amount of fish by 2050, the dead whales and other marine life shows that they have ingested plastic.
Plastic pollution is one of the major problems faced in the 21st century, these have become so complex that even the regions of Arctic seem to be affected by micro plastics, but it is only recently the researchers started looking into Great Lakes which are the planets largest source of fresh water. According to the calculations of the Rochester Institute of Technology about 22 million pounds of plastics enter lakes each year and most of them enter to Lake Michigan. These are then broken down because of sunlight and waves.
Micro plastics have been seen in the fish, water, and even in beer. “I think seeing is believing, and you can’t see a micro plastic,” says Tyrone Dobson, a senior volunteer engagement manager for the Alliance for the Great Lakes . “When I first started, I was talking to a volunteer, and she said something that has always stuck with me. When you see a forest fire afterwards, it’s black and charred, so you know that there’s a problem. Some of the water issues don’t follow that (rationale).To the naked eye, it’s a beautiful day. So a lot of people don’t think it’s a problem because they can’t see it at first glance.”
A bill was recently signed into by Gov.J.B Pritzker directing the state Environmental Protection Agency to check the role of micro plastics in drinking water. “We’re leaving a mess to the next generation — just a mess,” State sen.Julie Morrison. “We need to stop and understand the science behind plastics, especially the micro plastics going into our bodies. We’re leaving a mess to the next generation — just a mess,” Morrison said. “We need to stop and understand the science behind plastics, especially the micro plastics going into our bodies.
There are various cleanups organized by Tyrone Dobson, the Alliance volunteer manager. Activists like him are doing everything in their power to spread the word and reduce the use of plastics.