Happy World Ocean Day!
Here in Australia we have the most beautiful beaches in the world and we know how to enjoy them. We truly are the ocean-going nation.
We also know our oceans are under threat. From overfishing to warming, sea level rise and pollution - our oceans are in grave danger. Eight million tonnes of plastic are dumped into the world’s oceans each year. With 95% of plastics discarded after a single use and 85% of Australian seabirds affected by plastic pollution it’s clear there is a problem.
People in our communities are already playing their part with huge numbers of people moving away from single-use plastics. Homes, schools, businesses and community groups are looking for ways to reduce their consumption and improve their recycling. In South Australia, single use plastic bags have been banned for a decade.
But a problem of this scale requires a political solution, and politicians haven’t been doing their share of the heavy lifting. That’s why the Greens will introduce new laws to ban single-use plastics, clean up our oceans and keep our beaches beautiful.