In Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon alone, 50 metric tons of plastic fragments from food packages, straws and table water bottles and empty sachet water bags are drained into the Atlantic Ocean every day.
Over the last ten years the amount of plastic bags produced and used worldwide surpass the amount produced and used during the whole of the 20th century. Regrettably, 50% of the plastic we use, we just use them once and throw away.
Marika Guidici, an environmental anthropologist from Italy explains how SDG14 and 13 can only be achieved if the voices of the people in the community are listened to.
Surrounded by gorgeous coral reef and each only a few kilometres large are one hundred islands in the Makassar Strait, south-west Sulawesi, Indonesia. The inhabitants of this archipelago survive on the success of small-scale fishery as a source of food and their livelihood. They heavily rely on the ocean. Fish is their source of income; it is what they eat and sell to guarantee their survival. Threatening their very livelihood are marine pollution, climate change, blast and overfishing and thereby endangering their economy, homes and future.