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Protect the oceans! Five reasons to understand why we should do it

How beautiful are the oceans! How much life there is in its depths; little fish, seaweed, sharks, whales, jellyfish of all colors! The ocean is a vital resource for animals and humans. Its richness, in terms of marine vegetation, releases a large amount of oxygen into the atmosphere and, moreover, it is a source of protein for many people in the world.

Currently, in Spain, there are large rates of water pollution due to the overproduction of single-use plastic, and there are few business and government efforts to reduce the use of the material, or give it a second life, without ending up thrown in the seas, coasts and other natural spaces, which leads to the deterioration of the environment and the extinction of animal life, then most of the plastic ends up ingested by animals.

Do you know that we are the fourth country in the European Union (EU), with the most demand for plastic after France?

Every day thousands of containers end up in our seas, of which only 25% is recovered to be recycled, while the rest ends up being part of the food chain of some marine animals, swimming along with the fish and turning into microplastics that return to the shores of the beaches.

With regard to this scourge, which pollutes the Spanish coasts and puts at risk the lives of thousands of marine species, we share five reasons to understand why it is so important to protect the oceans of plastic:

  1. To date, the totality of marine biodiversity is unknown. How many species are there in total? In each census a different one appears.
  2. Small animals, such as fish, seahorses and crabs, end up trapped in the remains of plastic containers.
  3. Studies have shown that in the stomachs of tuna and fish - to name a few species - there are plastic residues.
  4. Oceans are essential to regulate climate change. Marine ecosystems such as mangroves, coral reefs and underwater meadows contain a high percentage of carbon, capturing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
  5. Plastics represent 85% of marine litter; 68% of the food that comes from the sea contains plastic remains.

The oceans are not plastic dumps, they are a source of life! We invite you to be volunteers and to be part of the campaigns carried out by different governmental and non-governmental organizations to take care of the environment, this is a way of contributing a bit to build a better world. In Pet To Go we are committed to environmental care, the preservation of species and good treatment of animals.

As always, we invite you to follow us through our official Instagram account: @pettogo_es. GO!


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