Last updated: 25 January 2023, 17:13 IST
The preservation of the environment, nature and the animals that share this planet with us has been the subject of discussions and campaigns. When clean-up initiatives emerge and reveal how much single-use plastic and waste is disposed of unethically, ocean conservation becomes a serious issue. Being in the water makes it even more difficult to remove single-use plastics from the environment, which is already a challenge. Unfortunately, it also suffocates marine animals.
Erik Solheim, a Norwegian diplomat, highlighted the same issue in a post on his official Twitter account using an image that has been circulating for many years. The image depicted a dolphin starving to death after having a water bottle ring hooked on its nose. Unfortunately, this is the finest illustration on hand to educate people about the dangers of improperly disposing of waste and waste items such as single-use plastic water bottles, especially in and around bodies of water such as beaches. Erik Solheim’s tweet advises people to only throw any waste products in the bins and not in the sand around the beaches.
This dolphin was found on the beach. He was starving to death because of the ring of a water bottle hanging on his muzzle. When you go to the beach, throw your trash in the trash cans. And not in the sand 😡!@Debbie_banks30 pic.twitter.com/FGkYNVO42Z— Erik Solheim (@ErikSolheim) 18 January 2023
The tweet shared by the diplomat reads: “This dolphin was found on the beach. He was starving to death because of the ring from a water bottle hanging on his nose. When you go to the beach, throw your trash in the trash. And not in the sand!” The tweet has received several comments from users condemning the act of improper disposal of plastic and the lack of basic civic sense among people.
One user wrote “So so sad to see this… when will we learn.”
Another user commented: “All garbage should be put in bins, not just on the beach. Garbage comes into rivers from roads and streets etc kilometers from the beach and is emptied into the sea.”
“We humans have left neither sea nor land behind. Please have basic common sense and use trash cans,” commented one user.
Erik Solheim often posts breathtaking tweets with films and images that show the splendor of nature that is overlooked in everyday life. He posted a video earlier this month of a beautiful Atlas butterfly, which is the largest known butterfly in the world.
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