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The United Nations (UN) announced last Friday, the 10th of May, 2019, that almost every country on earth has agreed to a legally binding plastic waste pact. This agreement will mean that several thousand different types of plastic waste will be tracked. This means that countries will have to monitor and keep track of plastic waste within and beyond their boarders.

Related imageThis agreement sends a strong message to governments, industries, and consumers that the issue of plastic waste cannot be ignored. This is a good thing since plastics in the environment have become a huge problem. There are gigantic rafts of plastics floating in the oceans of the world (at least one is the size of the state of Texas). There is plastic scattered along every road, in every river, on every beach. A recent dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench (the deepest dive by a submarine ever) even found some pieces of either metal or plastic trash as the sub scanned to bottom.

Image result for plastic in the oceanWe humans need to stop flinging our trash all over the world. The wide-spread agreement on this need as evidenced by the wide-spread by-in to the plastic waste pact is encouraging. Unfortunately, one of the few countries that did not agree to the pact was the USA. I very much hope that my country will turn around on this stance.

 

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You Are Invited to Help Save the Delta!

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A pile of garbage illegally dumped along a roadway in the Delta

Trash in the world’s waterways and oceans has been making a lot of news lately. A recent report from the World Economic Forum estimates that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the oceans of the world, by weight, than fish. The report further calculates that amount of trash flowing into the oceans is equal to about one large dump truck load being dropped every minute. All this garbage has far reaching effects such as the beached whales around the world that are frequently found with 20-30 lbs or more of plastic in their stomachs and the 1 million or more seabirds that die from plastic ingestion every year.

It has been estimated that about 70% of all this trash originates on land…from humans…we are the problem!

Want to be a part of the solution?

The Delta Conservancy is hosting Delta Waterways Cleanups as part of Creek Week, an event organized by the Sacramento Area Creeks Council, to help stem the flood of trash to the waterways and the ocean. On April 9th we will be organizing two sites in the Delta. One site is located along the shore of Sherman Island. The other site is in the Sacramento Bufferlands along Lower Morrison Creek. Join with hundreds of other volunteers and come spend the morning with us pulling all manner of trash out of the waterways of the delicate ecosystems of the Delta. If you do, you will be helping to keep our waterways, our planet, clean and healthy.

Online Registration is at: http://www.creekweek.net/vdelta.html and additional information on the sites and detail for the day can be found at: http://deltaconservancy.ca.gov/waterway-cleanups-0/

Please feel free to share this invitation widely with anyone who may wish to join us.

If you have questions, contact me at: aaron.haiman@deltaconservancy.ca.gov

I hope to see you there!

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