Introduction: What if the Garbage of the Sea could Tell Stories?
Imagine for a moment that every piece of plastic, every piece of wood, every drop of oil in our oceans could tell its story. How many of these stories would have a happy ending? Today, we are going to dive into the most recent data on the coastal cleanup effort in the Balearic Islands, especially in Formentera and Eivissa. Are these actions making a difference? Join me on this journey to discover it.
Reality in Numbers: Have We Improved?
In September of this year, 265.20 kilos of waste were removed in Formentera, a figure that exceeds the 215 kilos collected in August. Sounds impressive, doesn’t it? But not so fast. In Eivissa, the amount was even higher: 588.20 kilos. And if we consider all the Balearic Islands, we are talking about 5,263.97 kilos of extracted waste. It’s a number that should give us pause for thought, no doubt.
What types of waste are most commonly found?
Plastic remains the main villain here, making up 50.26% of all waste. Surprised? Me neither. It is followed by wood with 25.62% and dead vegetation with 12.26%.
Special Actions: Beyond Routine
We’re not just talking about common garbage. In Formentera, a drum full of oil was recovered and a hydrocarbon dispersion was attended to. In Eivissa, the situation was similar, with interventions in oil and fuel spills. It seems that we are not only against plastic bags but also against more dangerous threats.
My Perspective: Is it Enough?
We cannot afford to be complacent. Yes, efforts are being made, and this is to be applauded. But every time something is thrown into the sea, it is a blow against the environment and, ultimately, against ourselves.
Conclusion: What Now?
The 2023 cleanup campaign has come to an end, but the fight against marine pollution cannot afford a break. The responsibility does not only lie with governments or organizations; it lies with all of us. Since I’ve kept you in suspense so far, here’s a question we could all ask ourselves: What can I do to contribute?
Now, what story will the garbage we avoid throwing into the sea tell? That is a narrative that is still in our hands to change.