Written by: Lao Minyi
Last update date: 2021-04-21 13:06
Coastal garbage is a serious problem. The Environmental Protection Council announced today (21) that about 9,000 kilograms of marine garbage has been collected from Hong Kong’s natural coasts in the past 10 years. Among them, plastic bags top the list (24%), followed by disposable tableware. Furniture, electrical appliances and tires together also account for nearly 20%.
Abandoned masks have also emerged at sea during the epidemic. Groups have seen masks hung on mangroves, worrying about their growth.
From 2010 to 2020, the Environmental Protection Association collected approximately 9,000 kilograms of marine debris from natural coasts in Hong Kong, including Tai Po, Sha Tin, Tuen Mun, Sai Kung and Hong Kong Island.
According to the statistics of the association, the most common garbage includes plastic bags (24%), disposable tableware (22%), plastic bottles for drinks (17%) and fishing supplies (18%).
Recently, common rubbish also includes masks. Qiu Rongguang, the administrative director of the Environmental Protection Association, said that masks are made of plastic and other materials and are easily carried to the coast by wind and waves. I have seen masks hung on mangroves, which may affect the growth of mangroves. , I hope that citizens will not forget to properly dispose of garbage in the fight against the epidemic.
Electrical appliances were found during the beach cleaning operation.
(Provided by the Environmental Protection Association)
Tomorrow (22) is Earth Day. It is seen that the problem of coastal garbage in Hong Kong has not been improved in the past 10 years. The group appealed to face the problem of marine garbage, try to bring your own shopping bags and water bottles, discard disposable tableware, and bring your own garbage in the suburbs. To prevent garbage from flowing into and polluting the ocean and coast through different channels.
In addition, 10 years after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake, the cabinet of the Japanese government recently approved the discharge of a large amount of waste water contaminated with radioactive substances into the sea from the nuclear power plant.
The Environmental Protection Association quoted a Japanese scholar as saying that after the Fukushima incident, the tiny butterfly was also deformed due to nuclear radiation, which extended to the 27th generation. It believed that the location of waste water discharge is unknown, and it may accumulate in inrushes and other places, or follow the ocean. Water bodies all over the world criticize the discharge of nuclear waste water for being extremely irresponsible.
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