The mainstream media has been bombarding Western countries with news about the need to phase out plastic from our daily lives in order to protect the environment, focusing on the World’s oceans.
But how much of that plastic is actually the West’s fault?
It’s easy to see awareness campaigns about trapped animals in all sorts of trash and wanting to do something in order to prevent it from happening again.
Comment AEC: Another example of mainstream propaganda to induce self- loathing into Western populations. The documentary Plastic Ocean does not point out the detail of who is causing the pollution. Western Countries have lots of gains to make in terms of environmental protection. But in this changing world, the western-based globalist politicians and media blame only Western Nations for environmental problems even if reality paints a contradictory picture. The image of the highly self- aware, guilt-ridden Euro-American activist, who is cleaning beaches in Asia and protests big Western corporations, but never Chinese one, chimes in with the other self- explaining contradictions of the anti-western world views, such as:
–Don’t have babies (in the West) because of climate change! – but: We need migration from the third world to replace the ageing population! (incl. people who used to be self-sustaining farmers and now need heating and transportation when living in the west).
Lately, the mainstream media has been on a crusade against the horrors of plastic in developed nations, targeting disposable items such as plastic bags and plastic straws.
Are they preaching to the right audience, though?
In short – no. If they want their campaign to be effective, the slogans should be written in Mandarin, Hindi or any African language.
First of all, the disposal of waste in Western nations (and also other developed countries such as Japan or South Korea) is treated very differently than in developing nations in continents such as Africa and Asia.
Not even emerging nations such as India, China or Brazil treat or recycle their waste as much as their Western counterparts, with Brazil being the country who is better off on treating and recycling disposable items.
In 1998, few were the countries that cared or could afford to recycle their solid waste. Most of the waste being recycled was done in Western nations such as the US, Canada, European countries, Australia, New Zealand and few East Asian countries such as Japan and South Korea.
Recycling has evolved a lot in the last 15-20 years, but still, Western nations are at the forefront of the treatment and re-use of plastic, glass, card or paper, far ahead of any other Latin American, Asian or African country.
Two of the ten most polluted rivers on the planet are in Africa, the Niger and Nile rivers, two are in South Asia, the Indus and Ganges rivers, and the remaining six are in East and Southeast Asia. 95% of the plastic pollution in the World’s oceans comes from just these 10 rivers.
So, which are the countries that pollute our oceans with plastic, and harm our ecosystems and sea life the most?
Well, the answer is, above all, Asian countries, with China being by far the most polluting country on the planet, followed by Southeast Asia and Pacific countries such as Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and more far below, Thailand and Malaysia.
Although seeing turtles with straws up their noses or sea lions asphyxiating in plastic bags is sad, it is far from reality.
Researchers have come to the conclusion that what traps the most animals is fishing gear, lots and lots of fishing gear.
The data presented is clear, Third World nations are by far the ones who pollute our World oceans the most, due to bad infrastructure and not having facilities in order to treat their waste.
And if you want to help animals not getting trapped, pushing for policies that punish commercial fishermen who leave or dispose nets and other gear in the water might be the way to go.
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