Organised by: EPA Victoria
Date/Time: 2021-10-20T02:30:00Z → 2021-10-20T04:30:00Z
Description: The ocean is a source of food, oxygen, inspiration, and jobs. It connects all continents and regulates our climate. Despite its vital importance, large volumes of plastic waste enter aquatic ecosystems every year. A recent study found that emissions of plastic waste to the environment are predicted to rise and may reach up to 53 million metric tons per year by 2030.
Small pieces of plastic, called ‘microplastics’, are increasingly becoming an environmental challenge. Microplastics can be found across the globe: in the gut of seabirds and the planet’s most remote locations, such as deep-sea sediments. A survey of plastic debris in Australian coastal waters estimated that more than 4000 pieces of plastic per km2 littered the ocean surface. These plastics were predominantly small fragments resulting from the breakdown of larger plastic items.