This post is a contribution from Project AWARE Foundation written by Hannah Pragnell-Raasch, Program Specialist. Project AWARE mobilizes scuba divers to protect the ocean planet one dive at a time. Its Dive Against Debris Specialty Course educates divers on how to remove and log marine debris to prevent its detrimental effects on marine life and advocate for policy and prevention around the world. Hannah takes us through her experience in the course.
The problem of marine trash is monumental and only getting bigger with an estimated 250 million metric tons of plastic alone expected to reach the oceans by 2025. That’s why it’s critical to stop marine debris at one of its primary sources: litter. See this infographic from Project AWARE on what happens when we let stray trash get carried away.
A huge portion of litter on land travels tens, hundreds or even thousands of miles by waterways, ultimately ending up in the ocean–an estimated 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic litter, to be exact. The problem of plastic pollution in our oceans is spiraling out of control, literally, as it collects in the five major ocean gyres and delicate marine ecosystems. To shine a spotlight on a problem we can’t see from shore, Custom Made and Ghergich & Co. have created this insightful infographic exploring the dire issue of plastic buildup in the world’s oceans.
It’s important to know what dangers can occur when you hike with your dog, even if some are unlikely. Having a plan for those unexpected events can be a lifesaver for you and your pet, so we’ve put together a list to help you plan your hikes so you can continue to do so problem-free for years to come.