"or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you." Job 12:8 NIV
It has long been known that as our plastic drinking bottles and other plastic containers age, the surface sheds off small particles that could be ingested by people when drinking the bottled water or other fluids.
It is estimated that people who drink bottled water all of the time will ingest an average of 90,000 of these particles each year compared to 4,000 particles that a person who only drinks tap water would ingest.
When considering that the three leading sources of plastic particles (keeps breaking down with time to a 5mm size) are the airborne particles we breathe in, drinking water and now seafood, the average American eats or inhales from 70,000 to 120,000 5mm-sized plastic particles each year.
When studies began to look into the long term health effects of this, an alarming discovery was made a Canadian study.
It has been determined that plastic particles are killing hatchling-size fish who ingest the plastic as food and then die of starvation. Further, it has been shown that these plastic particles(5mm) are also killing these young fish by clogging their digestive tracts and arteries.
Further, as more and more waterborne plastic particles are swept into the oceans from our rivers and streams and from the winds and rains of the atmosphere, the resulting fish kill problem will continue to grown larger until serious conditions will exist for all sea life, and for humans eventually.
As this could become an undesirable situation of biblical proportions, it begs the question: will we now move to restrict the use of plastic or will we be the generation whose habits and preferences for plastic seriously threatens our oceans, marine life and our own species?
Perhaps we will finally view plastic for the hazard that it truly is and will respond with good and proper action in our role as stewards of His beautiful creation.
"Microplastics are killing baby fish", by Lorraine Chow, 06/03/2016 - ecowatch.com