By Tara Rippin • 23 March 2020 • 21:03
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WHILE the world’s attention is focused on the coronavirus pandemic, Spain’s maritime rescue service is reminding everyone about another global problem – marine garbage, and asking everyone to dispose of plastics responsibly while we are cooped up at home.
While posting a spectacular photo in anticipation of the end of the pandemic, Salvamento Maritimo this evening said: “Now that we’re facing a situation that threatens everyone, remember that marine garbage is also a global problem, just as important as climate change.
“Ten million tonnes of garbage arrive annually to the seas and oceans, with plastics being one of the main problems.
“Some 80 per cent of sea garbage comes from land, abandoned waste is dragged into the sea even from many miles inland. What we throw through the WC can end up in the sea being part of that marine trash.”
And to end on a positive note, the emergency services posted a spectacular picture (main photo) captioned: “This is how happy we will be the day we end this damn pandemic,” while reminding everyone to be responsible.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.
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