More and more, people are wising up to the damage we’ve done to the earth and working hard at fixing it. I think this quote by Aldo Leopold sums it up well:
“One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds. Much of the damage inflicted on land is quite invisible to laymen. An ecologist must either harden his shell and make believe that the consequences of science are none of his business, or he must be the doctor who sees the marks of death in a community that believes itself well and does not want to be told otherwise.”
One of those marks of death is the sudden and massive deaths of whales and their subsequent washing ashore.
It’s no secret that our oceans are suffering. There are huge islands of plastic the size of entire countries floating in nearly every ocean, and some of that plastic is being found in the stomachs of these dead, beached whales.
In the summer of July 2013, a sperm whale found itself stranded on Tershelling, a northern island in the Netherlands. The whale had swallowed 37 pounds of plastic.
In April of 2010, a gray whale died stranded on a West Seattle beach. it was found to have eaten 20 plastic bags, surgical gloves, towels, plastic pieces, duct tape, and other detritus.
In March of 2013, a dead sperm whale on Spain’s south coast was found to have swallowed 17 kg of plastic waste.
And the stories go on and on and on like that. Whales are dying, washing ashore, and we’re finding them full of plastic.
Our planet is clearly calling on us to take action, and of course we feel the need to bring solutions to you for these problems. There are inventive people like this one, a teenager that developed a system to free the ocean of plastic. Of course, you can start in your community too by clearing waterways of trash and picking up litter wherever you find it.