Target: City of Almeria, Spain
Goal: Dispose of greenhouse waste in an eco-friendly manner in an effort to protect marine life.
Almeria, a city located in the southern coast of Spain, is covered in 135 square miles of greenhouses. These greenhouses grow food all year and have turned Almeria, a naturally arid and dusty land, into a giant plastic farm. Almeria’s greenhouses are soilless and the units are encased in layers of plastic sheeting on the inside and outside. Although these greenhouses provide year-round non-local foods to European supermarkets, they are proving to be an environmental danger. Almeria’s government must effectively manage its greenhouse waste in a manner that will not harm the local environment.
A 4.5-ton sperm whale was found washed ashore in southern Spain. After close examination, scientists determined that the sperm whale died from ingesting large amounts of plastic materials, the same ones used in Almeria’s greenhouses. The whale had approximately 37 pounds of plastic in its stomach, including 36 square yards of plastic sheeting, 9 meters of rope, two stretches of hosepipe, some plastic bags, a plastic spray canister, and two flowerpots. The whale was in a state of advanced emaciation, most likely due to the fact that food could not pass through its plastic-filled stomach. This unfortunate incident could have been avoided if waste from Almeria’s greenhouses was not carelessly dumped into the ocean.
As there are only about 1,000 sperm whales left in the Mediterranean Sea, it is important to protect this vulnerable species from human activities. The greenhouses in Spain produce 45,000 tons of plastic waste every year, and every bit of waste must be properly disposed. These plastics are non-degradable and can kill whales, fish, sea turtles, and sea birds. The ocean is not a dumping ground and the city of Almeria must improve its plastic waste management system. Sign the petition below to demand Almeria to manage its greenhouse waste in an environmentally conscious manner.
Dear City of Almeria,
I would like to urge you to improve the plastic waste management system for your greenhouses in efforts to protect the local environment. As you may know, a sperm whale was washed ashore in southern Spain. Upon further examination, it was determined that the sperm whale died from ingesting large amounts of plastic materials. These materials were the same ones used in Almeria’s greenhouses. The sperm whale had approximately 37 pounds of plastic in its stomach, including plastic sheeting, rope, hosepipes, plastic bags, and flowerpots. The whale’s stomach was filled with plastic, thus preventing the whale from being able to properly eat and live. This is an unfortunate result of neglectful dumping and polluting.
The greenhouses in Almeria produce 45,000 tons of plastic waste every year. Clearly, not all of this waste is being disposed of in an effective and safe manner. These plastics are non-degradable and harmful to whales, fish, sea turtles, sea birds, and other marine life. The ocean is not a dumping ground and it is important for the city of Almeria to improve its plastic waste management system. There are only 1,000 sperm whales left in the Mediterranean Sea and they must be protected from ocean pollution. Please consider disposing of your city’s greenhouse waste in an eco-friendly manner.
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