Study: More Plastic Than Wildlife
In case there was any doubt that 2020 changed the world, researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel found that as of this year, the mass of human-made materials such as concrete, asphalt, metal and plastic now outweigh the combined biomass of every living plant and animal on Earth.
Since 1900 human-made mass has doubled approximately every 20 years, to the point where plastic alone outweighs all animals on land and in the ocean. Meanwhile, due to this ever-increasing consumption and growth, overall biomass has decreased. Even as the mass of agricultural crops has grown, for example, the loss of plant mass caused by deforestation and other land-use changes has exceeded it.
Here’s one thing you can do: Support the #PlasticFreePresident action plan by signing the petition urging President-elect Biden to end the plastic pollution crisis.