Seeing it summarised like this, is quite depressing.
Definitely time for humanity to act, ban one-use anything, stop dumping trash left and right, or exporting it to poor countries.
There’s some hope with ongoing projects that attempt to catch (bigger) plastic before they reach the oceans, or fish it out when floating in patches — but it does feel a bit like “too little, too late”. And that won’t help with the microplastics and beads that are generally too small to catch.
A million (!) animals die very year, just because of plastic. Let alone the effects on the surviving animals, and us, humans.
I’ll be donating to The Ocean Cleanup Foundation, through my employer, that’ll match my offer.