Have you ever thought about how the waste you produce effects wildlife?
We throw things away without even thinking.
It takes 2 seconds to chuck something in the bin, but it will effect our planet and its wildlife for centuries.
Harm and death is being caused to a lot of innocent animals because of the amount of materials we are throwing away instead of recycling. This problem is growing daily and we need to stop it now, not just to save the planet, but to save the wildlife too.
Animals have become victims to our waste.
Below are some ways our waste is effecting our wildlife.
- Getting caught up and stuck in discarded fishing lines, plastic can holders and plastic bags.
- Being cut by broken glass.
- Smaller animals often crawl inside plastic and glass bottles for shelter or when looking for food. Sometimes they get stuck, which leads to death.
- Some animals also get their heads stuck inside bottles and jars, causing them to suffocate and die.
Wildlife over waste!
Some animals, like foxes, gulls and pigeons, love to wander about the streets and scavenge for food.
However, human food is not good for animals, for example, deer love to eat bread and sweets but by eating these, can cause deer digestion problems, and can cause gummy masses to form inside the deer’s stomach.
In the UK we throw away roughly 9.5 million tonnes of food waste a year.
Sometimes animals can also mistake little bits of plastic and glass for food and digest these too, and the outcome of this can be fatal.
Wildlife and waste statistics
- Plastic pollution affects at least 700 marine species, it has affected 100% of marine turtles, 59% of whales, 36% of seals and 40% of seabirds.
- Due to plastic pollution these 700 marine species are at risk of extinction.
- Roughly 100,000 marine mammals and over 1 million seabirds are killed by ocean plastic every year.
- More than two-thirds of the world’s fish stocks are suffering from plastic ingestion.
- 100% of baby sea turtles have plastic in their stomachs and 90% of all seabirds have ingested some amount of plastic.
- 1 in 3 fish caught for human consumption contains plastic.
- The tuna population has decreased by 74% since 1970 due to polluting the ocean with plastic.
How can you help?
Firstly, make sure you RECYCLE.
Check the waste you dispose off to make sure you’re doing it in the right way.
THINK– could this cause damage to wildlife?
Animals often get caught in plastic bags and six pack holders, cut or tie them up to prevent this.
Remove tin can tops completely and put lids back on bottles and jars so that animals can’t get stuck inside.
A good way to help the wildlife and planet it to only buy items that has little to none packaging. This means you will have less waste to dispose of.
See if you can get involved in community clean up projects to help the wildlife of your neighbourhood.
And finally, encourage others to do the same. This is the most important; get everyone to make a change!