PS 15 K student messages for marine wildlife – at the Youth Rally to ban foam, May 30, 2018, NY City Hall Photo: Erik McGregor

By Audren Hedges Duroy age 12

In October 2018 the European Parliament (EP) introduced a ban on single-use plastics like straws, disposable water bottles, and plastic cutlery. According to the EP these plastic products make up 70% of all marine litter. European nations will reduce additional plastics by 25% by the year 2021. The World Economic Forum predicts that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans. Fish, whales, and seabirds eat harmful degraded microplastic. The parliament’s ban is one step to prevent additional plastic from reaching Earth’s seas and harming aquatic and human life. Companies will need to find more biodegradable alternatives to plastics as well as consumers limiting their use of plastics