Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in a Summit hosted by Thailand adopted the Bangkok Declaration on Combating Marine Debris.
“Every ASEAN country agrees that marine debris is a common problem that we must address urgently,” Wijarn Simachaya, Permanent Secretary of Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
Thailand has suffered very much due to waste garbage. Many coastal whales and sea turtles have washed up dead due to large amounts of plastic rubbish in their stomachs.
According to the United Nations Environment Programme, globally, up to 5 trillion single-use plastic bags are used each year. Of 300 million tonnes of plastic waste, the world produces annually, 8 million end up in the oceans, killing marine life and entering the human food chain.
According to Ocean Conservancy, 60 percent of the debris comes from China and the four ASEAN nations.
Many environmentalists are still doubting whether this step will be put in action by other ASEAN countries or it will remain in well-decorated paper.
It depends only on the Government to act more drastically
by introducing immediate bans on single-use plastic so that more businesses follow suit. There should be mandatory rules for waste management. With increasing threats for aquatic animals, rising pollution this step can somewhere be a start for conserving nature on the earliest.