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New Interactive Ocean Map Shows Why Trash Prevention is Critical

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Many fellow 1% for the Planet members are committed to innovative waste reduction strategies. Project AWARE, a global nonprofit organization, is focused on the trash you can’t see — underwater. More than six million tons of trash — much of it plastics — enters the ocean each year. Single use items we throw away every day, like plastic bottles and bags end up on the ocean floor.

This Earth Day, Project AWARE launched a new interactive Dive Against Debris Map to help visualize a problem that is mostly invisible to the public.

I hope you’ll explore the interactive map to see what kinds of trash divers are finding in bodies of water near you and share it within your networks to help shed light on marine debris issues.

Here’s what Project AWARE’s global network of scuba divers are finding so far:

  • Plastics are the No. 1 type of ocean trash, making up nearly 70% of the total – nearly 400,000 pieces of debris reported to date.
  • Surveys from more than 60 countries include everyday items like plastic bottles and plastic bags as well as other plastics like fishing line and nets.
  • More than 700 entangled or dead marine animals reported since 2011, including marine mammals, birds and fish.

As more volunteer divers get involved to remove and report ocean trash, Project AWARE hopes the map will help identify target areas where waste reduction efforts are needed most. Visit us at projectaware.org.

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