Torbay Green Party Calls on Industry & Government to Stop Plastic Entering the Seas
Torbay Green Party is calling on industry and government to work with seaside communities like Torbay to stop plastic from entering the ocean and causing harm to people, wildlife and livelihoods.
Torbay Green Party is highlighting the massive problems caused by ocean plastic and joined volunteers at Saltern Cove, Paignton last Saturday to help with the ‘Great British Beach Clean’. The beach clean event takes place every third weekend in September as part of the Marine Conservation Society`s year round Beachwatch programme.
Dr Sam Moss, Chairman of Torbay Green Party, said ‘plastic doesn`t belong in the ocean – but, through improper disposal or direct dumping, millions of tons of plastic now occupy our seas. What we are seeing washed up on our local beaches is part of a colossal worldwide environmental disaster. The Green Party is pressing for a much better quality of life for everyone in Torbay without the blight of plastic: we call on industry and government to work with us to stop plastic from entering the ocean.’
‘The Green Party promotes moves towards a jobs-rich circular economy and we are also pushing to provide the framework and infrastructure for people to make more positive choices such as the use of biodegradable durable materials to replace environmentally unacceptable plastic. Some of these materials have been used in the past but nowadays many more alternative, exciting, and sustainable products are also available for use instead of plastic.’
‘Everything suffers because of plastic pollution: tourism; fishing; recreation; business; and the health of humans and animals. Plastic cannot biodegrade it just breaks down over hundreds of years into smaller and smaller pieces and on the way may be eaten, cause entanglement or disrupt habitats. Chemicals leached by plastics are in the blood and tissue of nearly all of us and have a very negative impact on human and animal health.’
The Torbay Green Party prioritises protection of the land, the seas and their inhabitants and takes action on wider environmental, social and economic issues within a local context.Follow