► WWF divers call on Spain’s gov’t to take action against single-use plastics
► Protest over negative impact of plastics on world’s marine environments
Activists from WWF España (WWF Spain, the World Wildlife Fund for Nature) staged a direct-action protest Saturday at the underwater Museo Atlántico de Lanzarote to draw attention to the growing problem of plastic contamination in the world’s oceans.
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Calling on Spain’s government to take action against single-use plastics, a team of WWF divers used transparent plastic to wrap statues situated offshore in 14 metres of water at the world’s first underwater museum in the Canary Islands, symbolizing humanity “asfixiated” by plastics and the negative impact of plastics on the world’s marine environments.
According to WWF, more than 100,000 sea mammals die each year as a result of plastics contamination while 90 percent of all birds that fish in the world’s oceans and seas have been found to have tiny bits of plastic in their stomachs from chewing on plastics found at sea.
In the Canary Islands’ Chinijo Archipelago Natural Park, the largest marine reserve in Europe, more than 20,000 kilos of refuse including plastics are collected each year. Microplastics contamination is becoming increasingly pervasive in the Chinijo archipelago, according to the WWF, with one beach in the natural reserve found to have a density of microplastic pieces ranging in size from 1-5 millimeters that exceeds 100 grams per every square meter of beach.
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