Plastic pollution is being stopped in its tracks in the little town of Gansbaai, with a new net system being deemed a first in SA.
The Theme for World Wetlands Day 2019 was, “Wetlands and Climate Change”.
The destruction of wetlands is a concern because they are some of the most productive habitats on the planet. Wetlands support a complex set of birdlife, animals, insects and reptiles, and serve as nurseries for many of these species. Sadly, 50% of the world’s wetlands have been destroyed through pollution, expansion of agriculture and misuse of the water resource. Without suitable wetland habitat, many species could soon face a serious challenge. The restoration of wetlands can help to buffer against weather extremes.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PROTECT OUR WETLANDS?
- Be mindful of waste disposal. Pick up all litter and dispose in appropriate trash containers. Pollution from the stormwater drains is clogging our wetlands.
- Stop the draining of wetlands for agricultural purposes.
- Save water.
- Develop and promote sustainable land use.
- Educate others about the importance of wetlands.
See the blog post here.