Micro Plastics & Pathogens

 

Our planet is being drowned in plastics, a product which can virtually last forever and breaks up over time into tiny micro and nano particles.

These particles are now found everywhere, in transcontinental air streams, soil systems, throughout water columns in the oceans, and on the sea bed.  Evidence exists that they are now in human blood, and can penetrate the placenta and even cell membranes.

The human and wildlife health implications are ominous and include the following: 

  1. The inert particles may well induce a foreign body inflammatory reaction
  2. They attract and carry with them a host of dangerous chemicals, some being carcinogenic and endocrine disrupters
  3. New evidence shows that they can attract and carry human pathogens and parasitic infections agents.

Studies to date have shown the ability of various viruses, especially enteric viruses, to attach themselves in larger aggregates to microplastics and microfibers vs free water.

Plus a similar outcome has been found with the parasitic infectious agents Giardia and Toxoplasmosis.

The time is upon us to immediately recognize and address a growing and dangerous public health crisis. The risk potentials are serious and alarming and call for ongoing monitoring and research. 

In the meantime, Rotary has a place where concerned people can learn and take action: The Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group, ESRAG.  Rotarians and non rotarians are all welcome to join.  

Together you can make and be the difference

To Join  ESRAG: https://esrag.org/membership/

 

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