Each year, at least 8 million tons of plastic leak into the ocean, harming over 600 marine life species and nearly all seabirds. It's estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish, and that 99 percent of seabirds will have ingested plastic. Already 15 percent of the sea life species affected by ocean plastics are endangered. What's more, coral reefs—the habitat of many sea creatures—are dying due to pollution.
All of this can be traces back to micro-plastics, or tiny particles of plastic that measure less than 5mm. At least 51 million micro-plastic particles are already in our oceans, the source of which, of course, is unsustainable human activity. Plastic is everywhere in human culture. And that's what United Nations Environment is striving to fix with its Clean Seas campaign.
The UN launched Clean Seas in February 2017 with the aim of engaging governments, the general public, civil society and the private sector in the fight against marine plastic litter.