What our planet should have been named

June 23, 2015

“Planet Earth” or “Planet Ocean”?

Oceans cover about 70% of this planet’s surface; if whales or dolphins had been in charge of naming the place, they’d probably have called it Planet Ocean instead of Planet Earth.

Oceans are critical to us: for food, recreation, temperature regulation, re-absorption of carbon dioxide and more. So it’s important to keep them clean. Of all types of litter, plastic is of particular concern because much of it makes its way to the ocean, where it persists for a very long time, as shown in this graphic. (And plastic doesn’t ever really go away; it just breaks down into tiny particles called microplastics.)

Plastics

Most plastic ends up in oceans through wind and water (rivers, storm drains and sewers). So – please help keep plastic out of our oceans by not littering, and by picking up plastic whenever you can.

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