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Marine life advocate encourages a plastic-free culture

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By Richa Noriega

A marine life advocate encouraged to stop the production and use of single-use plastic in the country on Tuesday in an interview with ANC.

An enormous amount of garbage has almost covered a part of the Pasig River under the Sevilla Bridge at the boundary of San Juan City and Mandaluyong City, clogging the waterway and causing floods during heavy rains and creating a breeding ground of diseases. In photo, workers from the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission attempt to unclog that part of the river. (Mark Balmores)

An enormous amount of garbage has almost covered a part of the Pasig River under the Sevilla Bridge at the boundary of San Juan City and Mandaluyong City. (MARK BALMORES / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

James Simon, President and General Counsel of OCEANA discussed the increasing problem of water pollution in the country and in the world.

“It is a really serious problem the amount of ocean plastic pollution is increasing throughout the world. The amount of plastic is increasing and we have to stop the production sale of single use plastic, “ Simon.

According to the environmental group Greenpeace, the Philippines has ranked as the world’s third largest water polluter after China and Indonesia.

“We need national action in the Philippines as well to restrict the production and sales of single use plastics, and we beginning to work on that,” he added.

Simon encouraged the people to demand choices and policies for the usage of single-use plastics.

“We need to tell our leaders that we want government policies that give us choice, we need to be able to find the same price that don’t require single use plastic that produced and thrown away,” he said.

“If we demand polices and as consumers we demand choices I’m sure the market will respond with technical change that will reduce the cost that we can have plastic free choice as a cost,” he added.

Simon said that in the Philippines there are organizations that help and understand the importance of protecting the oceans and the environment.

“I think it is a long way to go but I think the consumer awareness is increasing, I think there’s a great deal of potential progress. We’ll get there,” he said.

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