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Will There Be More Plastic in the Oceans Than Fish by 2050?

The World Economic Forum warns that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the world’s oceans than fish, in terms of weight. 

Based on a report consisting of 180 interviews with ocean experts and 200 reports on trash in the ocean, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has predicted that by 2050 the amount of plastic produced will weigh 1,124 million tons. From the amount of plastic that makes it into the world’s oceans today, the WEF is warning that the weight of that plastic could potentially outweigh the amount of fish in the ocean in 2050.

It is a strange comparison to make and an extremely alarming claim. But the point that no one can deny is the fact that we, as a global society, need to be better at recycling.

Plastic in our world has seen a huge growth in the past 50 years and is expected to double in the next 20 years. Only 14% of plastic produced in our world is recycled. A poor comparison to paper (58%) and iron and steel (90%). A third of plastic packaging makes it to the ocean and clogs infrastructure and is a danger to wildlife.

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The WEF stresses that the only solution for the plastic problem is to incentivize recycling for the general public and push countries to enhance their waste collection programs so plastic can’t find its way into waterways.

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Will There Be More Plastic in the Oceans Than Fish by 2050?