Did you know that by 2016, 14–19 million tonnes of plastic have entered the seas, covering around 60–90% of the marine surface? Are people to blame? Yes, of course. People still seem unable to stop throwing rubbish into the ocean in spite of various awareness efforts, recommendations, and laws. Most individuals aren’t even aware of the harm they inflict.
A video of the incident at Mumbai Beach in India recently went popular on Twitter. According to India Today, it has received over 78,000 views, a tonne of comments, and hundreds of retweets and depicts the terrible truth.
An aerial image of Mumbai’s Mahim beach, which is littered, can be seen in a video shared on the Mumbaimatterz Twitter account on July 16.
“Citizens throng Mahim beach to have a look at the return gift from the Arabian Sea.”, the caption read.
The comment area was filled with thoughts from angry netizens. The necessity for strict laws to stop plastic pollution was a topic of much discussion. Others requested a substantial fine for people who violate the rules. In response to the uploaded video, internet users vented their rage on Twitter.
Later, the profile also published a post showing how the government organised a clean-up effort to clear the debris that had accumulated at the beach saying thanks to them for their fabulous job.
Every year, millions of tonnes of plastic are produced using fossil fuels. Once the plastic enters the environment, the fragments strangle marine life and the food chain.