SHOCKING! Plastics Are Threatening To Destroy The Earth
Scientists have made a shocking revelation.
We the earth’s tenants are producing so much plastics – and since it does not decay – it is now threatening to permanently destroy the place we call home.
According to the scientists, human beings have generated 8.3 billion metric tons on plastic materials which puts the earth as grave risk.
So how much is this plastic? If a 40ft trailer were to carry the plastics, you would need 475,917 trailers to transport these plastics.
Or you could say the amount of plastics produced globally is as heavy as 1 billion adult elephants.
The study, which was led by a team of scientists from the University of Georgia (UGA), the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and Sea Education Association, is the first global analysis of the production, use and fate of all plastics ever made.
As of 2015, humans had generated these 8.3 billion metric tons of virgin plastics, 6.3 billion metric tons of which had already become waste, according to the study published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances.
Of the total plastic waste, only 9% was recycled, 12% was burnt and 79% accumulated in landfills or the natural environment, the study showed.
“Most plastics don’t biodegrade in any meaningful sense, so the plastic waste humans have generated could be with us for hundreds or even thousands of years,” said Jenna Jambeck, study co-author and associate professor of engineering at UGA.
“Our estimates underscore the need to think critically about the materials we use and our waste management practices,” he added.
A world without plastics seems unimaginable today, yet their large-scale production and use only dates back to the 1950s.