The United Nations (U.N.) recently signed a document to stop plastic wastes in the ocean. The UN environment ministers will be meeting in Kenya to discuss more about this serious issue. However, the document is not something that is going to effect change immediately and for that reason many are upset about it. But the fact that this issue has been formulated into a signed document is seen by many as a milestone. China is a leading cause of plastics polluting the ocean with millions of mismanaged plastic wastes. One environment minister from Norway mentions that their goal is to aim for zero emission of marine litter. The question that remains is how long will it take to take action and when it does take action, will it be too late?
The sea isn’t just dealing with plastic wastes in the water, it’s being affected by many more threats. The sea right now has to deal with dead zones which are areas in the ocean with low oxygen, acidification and climate change, which do not seem to be improving. A lot of the problems there seems to be connected to the pollution within the water, whether it would be plastic or something else. If people expect things to get better, perhaps an effort can be made to stop contributing to the waste of plastics in the ocean while waiting for the U.N.to take action. The one problem that can be seen down the road is convincing people they should do something about the plastic waste and support funding for better technology to help combat it.