Plastic PollutionAnother extreme problem with the need for urgent action!
“Accumulation in the environment of man-made plastic products to the point where they create problems for wildlife and their habitats as well as for human populations.”
So far, we know that something manmade is gathering somewhere and that creates a problem. Though, in order to fully understand the above-stated definition, we first have to understand, what plastics are and what the definition of a problem is.
“A synthetic material made from a wide range of organic polymers such as (…), that can be moulded into shape while soft, and then set into a rigid or slightly elastic form.”
Sidenotes: Organic polymers are of high molecular weight, but relatively light. They consist of mostly the same repeated links. Unfortunately, most manmade organic polymers (, or plastics) are very much non-biodegradable. As a result of just the last 100years, the organisms that are biodegrading haven’t been able to find a successful strategy to decompose these enormous amounts of plastic that fast. Normally, it can take millions of years to develop such a strategy efficiently. At least that is how it is in general.
“A matter or situation regarded as unwelcome or harmful and needing to be dealt with and overcome.”
Sidenotes: Important here is that the matter is unwelcome or harmful. Very significant is that the matter has a need to be dealt with. Meaning that we have to act to overcome it; thereby, emphasizing that it will not solve itself.