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An environmental expert, Prof. Oladele Osibanjo has warned that there are chances that people are already be eating plastics as fishes from the Ocean.
Osibanjo said since most of the plastics are not recyclable and the waste end up in the ocean to be consumes by fishes.
The Managing Director of Jawura Environmental Services Ltd spoke through Dr. Olumide Onafeso while making his presentation on “Living sustainably in harmony with nature; curbing the menace of climate change, biodiversity loss and public waste” at an event organized by the Ogun State government to commemorate the 2022 world Environment.
He lamented the high disregard for the environment in areas of waste disposal and planting of trees
“We need to understand clearly that without these trees the bios will become more difficult for mankind to source oxygen and now the amount of oxygen that we have will determine the survival of that growth and expansion we are having .
“what can we do as individuals and that’s where the issue of plastic actually comes in . There’s so much to discuss on plastic and it looks as if plastic has come to stay but the fact remains that as bad as plastic is, of course we know plastic is not consumable and most of the plastics ends up in the ocean.
“About 91 percent of the plastic that is produced is not recycled. And so it ends up in the ocean because plastics float, So water will move the plastic into the ocean ultimately. Your plastics does not really stay in the ground, it doesn’t really cause bio degredation inside the ground because it floats and then it wash away into the river and later run into the ocean.
“This plastics are eaten by the fishes in the ocean and by the time the fishes eat the plastic we in turn get to eat the fishes and we are eating plastic. That is the implications for us.”
Osibanjo called for precautionary care for the environment adding that the money spent on fixing the environment is more than what can be spent to prevent it.
“The money we can actually spend on feeding, to eat and then for development. That is a little need that looks like it’s economic and so the Idea here is that we need to take care of our environment so that we would not spend more on mitigation.”
He advised everyone to live in consciousness that whatever they put into the environment comes back to them.
Earlier in his address the Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun represented by the Head of Service, Nofiu Aigoro representing said the State is in the fore front of protecting the environment.
While tagging the state as attaining the status of the most environmental friendly state, Aigoro disposed that the state government has spent #2bn on environmental management.
“As a responsive entity, the current administration under the leadership of his Excellency Dapo Abiodun MFR is putting in place of machineries to curb some of the impacts of environmental challenges.
“In Advent of this administration, the Ogun State Waste Management Authority, OGWAMA was created to the immense waste management particularly commutiy waste.
“The state government has spent about #2bn on waste management and ensuring that the environment is safe for all its citizens.
He charged participants to ‘imbibe a lifestyle that is sustainable to put our environment into consideration and while we have better environment for is all and our family generations.’