Interview: The Problem Of Plastics in Our Oceans

The Problem Of Plastics in Our Oceans
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We were recently interviewed by Mr. David Evans about the problem of plastics in our oceans. Just as Let’s Make Cyprus Green, David’s immediate goal is to raise awareness about the problem of plastics. Keep an eye out for his upcoming book titled “Our Plastic Predicament: Saving Our Oceans” which will be released in January 2019.

He has spent the last ten years of his life focusing on environmental work and plans to dedicate the rest of his life to this field.

Q1. How do you view your role in our journey back to a healthy ocean (and planet)?
Cyprus is our home and we absolutely love its nature, which is why we are trying to protect it by tackling plastic pollution in every direction from education, action, to prevention. Our name is “Let’s Make Cyprus Green” and it is for a reason; going green is a phrase that essentially means choosing to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle. When you “Go Green” you gain knowledge and adopt habits that lead to environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible choices and ways of living which help to protect the environment and sustain its natural resources. We stand by our name and will continue our mission so people become more environmentally conscious and reduce their annual use of plastic. That being said, Cyprus may be our main focus as it is our home, but plastic pollution is a global problem. We hope to encourage people throughout the globe with our online content to spread our message on a larger scale and influence many more people. We act locally but we think globally.

Q2. A recent study predicted that if we continue at our current rate, by 2050 there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish! Predictions for the future of our oceans are quite bleak. How do you stay motivated?
When we heard that there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish it made us want to work even harder to help fight this war on plastic. Although unfortunately, even after the results of that study was released, the majority of people still use plastic without even thinking about the environmental consequences it has on our planet. Time is of the essence, not only for fish but for all life on Earth. The result and reactions of that study are exactly what keeps us motivated.

Q3. On a scale of 1-10 (1 = not bad at all, 10 = dire), where do you think we are when it comes to plastic pollution in our oceans?
We’d honestly have to say 10. Never in our wildest dreams would we have imagined that the world would be in the crisis it’s in today. What has happened to our oceans is unacceptable and we should be drastically working to reverse the damage that’s already been done.

Q4. Where do you think we will be in 50 or 100 years?
We believe that in time people will be more aware of the dangers of plastic than they are today and that most single-use plastic items will be banned worldwide. We already see this happening in other countries and it’s going to be enforced within the European Union in the near future. However, without strict enforcement we’re sure a lot of life will become extinct. Aside from that, it’s very hard to predict how Earth will be, especially at the rate we’re going now. Which is why we’re urging people to live a more environmentally responsible lifestyle by reducing, reusing, and recycling – with more emphasis on reducing and reusing as recycling is beneficial, however not the answer to our global problem.

Q5. What are the top 2-3 factors that will influence the future health of our oceans?

  1. Education – By properly informing others about the severe state of plastic pollution, it gives them the option to change their lifestyle habits in a way that can be beneficial to the planet.
  2. Action – Stopping waste from entering our waters to begin with. To “clean up our backyards” and encourage people not to litter, enforce legislative bans and restrictions for unnecessary and damaging products and activities, together with researching new technology for products and packaging. These urgently need to be developed and scientists need the funds to accomplish this.
  3. Prevention – The mindset around our throw-away culture needs a shift in direction. Plastic is a material that was developed as recently as 1907, but its use has risen exponentially. Now, quite suddenly, it is realized how much damage it is doing to the environment. If people actively refused to use plastic, there would be no more demand for it. It’s that simple.

Q6. What is the single best action consumers can take to help curb plastic pollution in our oceans?
Refuse plastic as much as possible by switching to an eco-alternative in order to create less waste. We have an online Eco Shop where we sell reusable and alternatives to plastic products ranging from Drinking Straws made from stainless steel, bamboo, glass and paper, Reusable Produce Bags for fruits and vegetables, Stainless Steel Bottles and Bamboo Toothbrushes. In time we plan to develop an even wider variety of ecological options to help reduce and possibly eliminate plastic waste on the island.

Q7. How can individuals help Let’s Make Cyprus Green be more effective in educating people about how to reduce waste?
Join us! At the end of the day, we are just a few people trying to make an entire country “Green”. As I’m sure you can imagine, this is a long and arduous process, which is why we need an army of passionate, like-minded people to help it along to make a big impact. You can support us by:

  • Becoming a member
  • Making a donation so that beach clean-ups can continue
  • Making a donation so that the public awareness can be raised and education in the classrooms can continue
  • Switching to using the products offered to contribute to a more eco-friendly environment.

Q8. If you would like to include a quote from you or your organization please do so here:
Each and every one of us is responsible for the future of our planet. It’s up to us to save it.

If you’d like to learn more about David Evans and his work, you can follow him on Twitter @theprch or visit his website theprch.com

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