News By/Courtesy: Aashita Khandelwal | 18 May 2019 0:09am IST

It's just a piece of plastic says a million people before throwing plastic. Plastic is one of the biggest enemy of our environment. It not only affects the environment but also kills the fauna.

After a study it was found out that around 414 million plastic pieces have been found on the beaches of remote Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the Indian Ocean. It is estimated that all the plastic is been thrown away by the people in the ocean coming to the shores through waves and flowing water. The pieces include around one million shoes 370000 toothbrush, all this is nothing but the negligence of people. This kind of careless attitude leads to downfall of our biodiversity.

Henderson Island is located in South Pacific Ocean is said to have highest plastic debris deposits as found out by Lavers in her studies of 2017.

After concluding her recent study she said our estimate of 414 million pieces weighing 238 tonnes on Cocos (Keeling) is conservative. As we only sampled down to a depth of 10 centimetres and couldn't access some beaches that are known debris 'hotspots'," further she said that "Unlike Henderson Island, where most identifiable debris were fishing-related, the plastic on Cocos (Keeling) was largely single-use consumer items such as bottle caps and straws, as well as a large number of shoes and thongs".

After she mentioned this it is confirmed that people are taking things for granted and it is high time, if not today it will be too late to save and to protect, we only have one planet so why not make it a better place to live in.

Section Editor: Puja Jakhar | 18 May 2019 0:18am IST

Tags : #Environment #PlasticPollution #IndianOceanPlasticPollution #IndianOcean

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