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2017 Advent Calendar of Fascinating Websites – Day 10 – Blue Planet

Oceans of amazing photography!

So, how many of you have been watching the breathtaking photography in Blue Planet II http://www.bbc.com/earth/uk ?  This evening’s programme is the last in the series and its focus is on the impact that mankind has had on the seas.  In recent months, footage about plastic in the oceans has become newsworthy; from tiny pellets in face scrubs which are too small for the water treatment plants to filter out, to plastic six pack rings (who saw the penguin with his neck in one in Happy Feet), to old plastic buckets, no ocean area seems safe from the potentially deadly rubbish we are producing. Up to 12.7 million tonnes of plastic enters our seas every year and there is so much rubbish entering the environment that it is estimated that by 2050, without intervention, there may be more plastic in the oceans than fish.

#Our Blue Planet http://www.bbcearth.com/ourblueplanet/

#Our blue planet is a digital project to make people more aware of the oceans of our planet. The oceans cover 71 percent of the Earth’s surface and contain 97 percent of the Earth’s water, but so much of it is unexplored that new species are being discovered all the time.  We have been able to view amazing photography of some of these new species in the depths of the oceans as part of Blue Planet II

On the  BBC Earth Unplugged YouTube Channel, new films about the natural world – on both land and sea – are made exclusively for YouTube, mixing content from the BBC archive with new footage to examine some of the quirks and answer some of the queries that we have about Planet Earth.

If you want to find out more about helping protect the oceans then try the Greenpeace plastics calculator which helps you estimate how much disposable plastic you use in a year. This website will also ask you to sign a petition to support the introduction of a deposit return scheme on plastic boxes. Greenpeace Plastics Calculator . You could join the Great British Beach Clean which takes place once a year and look at other initiatives, such as giving up single-use plastic for a day, a week or a whole month that are promoted by the Marine Conservation Society https://www.mcsuk.org/

As this YouTube video from BBC News shows – mankind is having an adverse effect on the oceans throughout the world – it’s time to do something about it!

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