Sunday, December 13, 2015

Cleaning up our oceans

On the 13th of December Futurismo staff did something completely different for their Christmas function. This year we spent the morning doing a good deed for mother nature before enjoying our usual Christmas games in the afternoon. The morning was spent on Monte Verde beach on the north coast of São Miguel Island, removing rubbish from the coastline. Unfortunately like many other places around the world this beach is very polluted and is covered in a whole array of different types of rubbish.  A lot of this rubbish from the coastline, as well as from inland, washes into the oceans where it becomes a huge problem for the marine environment and the animals that live there. Every year an estimated million seabirds, 100,000 marine mammals and countless turtles and even fish are killed by plastic in or around their bodies. About 90% of this rubbish is plastic, a very durable substance which doesn't dissapear, rather it breaks up into smaller and smaller pieces until it become microplastic that ends up in the food chain and returns to us on our dinner plates through the fish that we eat. 

The good news is that we can all help make a difference by making a few small changes in our lives. Don't forget to not just reuse and recycle, but also try to reduce your use of plastic in the first place. Please say no to plastic shopping bags and reuse your own stronger cloth or canvas bags instead. Finally, we can all make sure our rubbish gets disposed of properly so it doesn't end up in nature. Below are some photos of Futurismo's efforts to reduce the amount of rubbish on Monte Verde beach. You can also see a video with more information about this huge problem by clicking HERE.























Before and after

Before and after

Before and after

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