DANGER AND DOOM TO ACQUATIC LIFE: NIGERIA’S TALE OF PLASTICS AND POLYBAGS IN WATERWAYS.
The biggest danger to the acquatic environment recently has come to be plastics and its disposal
Human activities have over the years negatively impacted on the current change in the acquatic system. The pollution of water bodies through activities such as oil spillage, refuse and sewage dumping in water bodies and even over-fishing have led to a decline in the state of the acquatic habitat.
The biggest danger to the acquatic environment recently has come to be plastics and its disposal. The disposal of plastics in water bodies has not only made for an ugly sight and trend but it has more importantly, made for a huge threat to the sustainability of marine life.
Humans make up only but 0.01% of earth’s population of living things, alas, 80% of the damage to the planet are caused by humans, especially with activities like these. A reported 8 million metric tonnes of plastics are dumped in acquatic bodies every year.
Plastics, an everyday item in use by humans is not bio-degradable. It according to scientific discovery, takes about 100 years for a plastic bottle for instance to decompose, moreso not completely. Particles of plastics scattered in water bodies not only prevent acquatic animals and plants from getting the needed sunlight and oxygen for respiration and photosynthensis, but it also disrupts the digestive process of the acquatic animals who ingest these plastic particles as part of their diet.
Our AM Hub team (@wemimospot and @abanjo1) take a look at the situation of plastics and its impact on acquatic life especially in Nigeria on the show Morning Crossfire.