In my ever growing list of human induced threats to sea animals, plastic bags rank number two after commercial fisheries. Fishing harms animals directly by ensnaring them, and indirectly by competing for their food. Imagine grocery shopping behind a bulldozer. Ship strikes are number three on my list, killing whales and sea turtles as they rest on the surface.
Plastic may be the greatest threat, however, because it is pervasive. Plastic bags and lighters fill the guts of seabirds and turtles. Its ugly. So, how do you stop plastic? Ed Norton will tell you, below.
Join the Plastic Fight Club. BYOB – bring your own bag. Canvas bags are cheap, available at grocery stores. They look good, and hold more. People wink at you- they see what you’re doing. Seriously, try it this weekend. If you’re on Facebook, join the cause to “Drop the Bag“. You can recruit people, build an army. It’s fun.
The last is a special treat courtesy Aaron Golas in the comment section. Hilarious!