The United States consumes 2 million plastic bottles every five minutes. What happens to all of that plastic? A lot of it ends up in our water.
Capt. Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation first discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch — an endless floating waste of plastic trash. Now he’s drawing attention to the growing, choking problem of plastic debris in our seas. Follow the link below to watch Capt. Charles Moores’s lecture on the seas of plastic.
Only one per cent of the total water resources on earth is available for human use. While 70 per cent of the world’s surface is covered by water, 97.5 per cent of that is salt water. Of the remaining 2.5 per cent that is freshwater, almost 68.7 per cent is frozen in ice caps and glaciers UN-WWAP, 2006 : Fig. 4.1).
The world’s population, 6.2 billion people in 2002, is expected to increase to approximately 7.2 billion people by 2015. Almost 95 per cent of the increase is expected to be in developing regions (WHO/UNICEF, 2005 : 40). Learn More:
There are 1.1 billion people, or 18 per cent of the world’s population, who lack access to safe drinking water. About 2.6 billion people, or 42 per cent of the total, lack access to basic sanitation (WHO/UNICEF, 2005 : 40)