Guterres: World is being ‘swamped’ by harmful plastic waste
05.06.2018 20:08 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) —
As of yesterday, while speaking ahead of the World Environment Day (marked Jun 5), UN Secretary-General António Guterres said the world must unite to «beat plastic pollution», UN Radio reports.
As to him, the microplastic particles in the ocean, «now outnumber stars in our galaxy».
Besides, he also said a healthy planet was essential for a prosperous and peaceful future, spelling out that: «We all have a role to play in protecting our only home.»
«Our world is swamped by harmful plastic waste,» he stated. «Every year, more than eight million tonnes end up in the oceans».
Pointing out the astonishing comparison between stars in the cosmos and ocean plastics, Mr. Guterres underscored that «from remote islands, to the Artic, nowhere is untouched».
If present trends continue, by 2050 our oceans will have more plastic than fish, he said.