The report shows plastic not only pollutes the ocean, affecting more whale and dolphin species every year but also exacerbates climate change.
The WDC said fewer whales means more carbon in the atmosphere, with one whale equating to thousands of trees in terms of carbon capture.
According to the report, with the amount of plastic going into the ocean every year (up to 23 million tonnes) weighing as much as ten times all the blue whales alive today, “the findings are a wake-up call from the ocean, telling us we need to change course before it’s too late”.
Julia Bradbury, TV presenter and WDC Patron, said: “WDC’s study shines an important light on the scale, and impact, of marine litter, however, there is still a lack of understanding about the impact of our plastic waste here in the UK.
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