Plastics in the seas is a growing problem.
In the Zagreb city centre, right next to the monument to Croatian historical figure Josip Jelačić, two specimens of a huge sea mammal suddenly appeared on Wednesday morning. The news was announced by Greenpeace, which explained that the whales in question are a mother and her child, which swam to the capital to warn about the masses of plastics present in the world’s seas and oceans, reports Poslovni.hr on October 17, 2018.
Greenpeace activists installed a six-metre sculpture of whales emerging from the sea full of plastic waste at the Zagreb main square. The campaign seeks to raise awareness that the seas and the creatures which live in them are suffering from the impact of single-use plastics.
The adoption of the European Directive on Disposable Plastics, which is underway, is one of the forms of fighting against the ever-growing plastic plague. “We want to encourage the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy to opt for more ambitious measures in the Directive and to implement it in the shortest possible time,” says Petra Andrić, head of the Greenpeace campaign. “Certainly, there is a special responsibility of the manufacturers and companies which flood the market with huge amounts of plastic packaging and one-off plastics in general.”
“The plastics that cover our beaches and our lives require our individual engagement as well. Each of us can contribute to solving this problem by simply changing habits. Today we are particularly concerned about the plastic bags which are ubiquitous and are a kind of a symbol of plastic pollution. They are very easy to replace: before leaving the house, just take a canvas bag with you,” Andrić explained.
Citizens will be able to sign a petition all day long, calculate their plastic print, and find out how they can easily change their habits so that large amounts of plastics would no longer reach the seas.
Translated from Poslovni.hr.