Fabien Cousteau was one of the presenters at the TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch set of lectures in November 2010. Fabien, grandson of world famous Jacques-Yves Cousteau, is an Ocean Explorer and an Ocean Advocate like the rest of his family. He spoke about what he and his family sees in the Ocean, patches of garbage, big pieces and small, floating near the surface of the Pacific Ocean. A shocking statistics he mentions during his talk was 1,000,000 animals die due to plastic ingestion, poisoning, entanglement, or chocking around the world. That is quite a lot of animals that include seabirds, whales, seal, dolphins, fish, sharks, etc.
I really liked the fact that Fabien suggested that we need to stop using one-time use plastics and encourage reduction and reuse of plastics. It’s very difficult to figure out how to do this as we are dependent on plastic use in our lives, but there are two simple ways we can reduce are use of plastics:
1) Stop using plastic bags – There are many reusable bags on the market today and they are affordable. There should not be any reason why you would require new plastic bags from stores.
2) Stop drinking bottled water – Most developed countries have clean, safe drinking water supplies coming to your tap. Water sold in stores are not only expensive but not necessary. If you would like to bring water on the go, there are safe, non-plastics bottles you can purchase (affordable too!) that will keep your water cool. The bottles last longer than the plastic bottles and are safer.
Enjoy the Video!