Two Tamil Nadu fishermen rescued an Olive Ridley Turtle whose flipper was entangled in a rope stopping it from swimming freely. The fishermen spotted the distressed turtle while they were fishing nearby. They rowed the boat nearer and snapped the rope following which it swiftly swam into the sea. The fisherman’s heartwarming gesture is winning the internet. The incident also underlines how human waste has taken a toll on marine lives. A majority of plastic waste in the sea come from the rivers, so even if we throw a polythene in drain which ultimately runs into a river, we are only worsening the environment.
Plastic pollutes at every stage of its life — from extraction to processing to disposal. After use, plastic ends up in landfills or in the oceans. While most plastic is recyclable, the amount of waste generated by plastic every year is pretty high. Moreover, the amount of energy required to recycle a product is excessive and unreasonable.
A UN report says, 8 million tonnes of plastic is dumped into the sea every year. If we don’t find a solution to this soon by 2050 oceans will carry more plastic than fish.