Until recently, plastic pollution has not been a widely recognised issue in general public knowledge. Only through revelations in hard-hitting television documentaries and other media, as well as scientific research, has the spotlight been shone on what has long been known to be a significant and serious threat to animal and human health in conservation circles. The tide has now turned, awareness is spreading at a rapid rate and the world at large is acknowledging that the issues exist and require considerable action from an individual level through to international legislation.
Much is yet to be revealed into the still-hidden effects of plastics in marine food webs. The surface has barely been scratched, and the full extent of the damage already done is not yet well understood. However, what is known has sent reverberations around the world for many who want to act, to play their part in actively raising awareness of the problems and the solutions that every person on the planet can be a part of. Ultimately, almost all of us have been unknowingly complicit in creating this situation where global health is threatened, and the collapse of animal populations is silently happening around us, and it will need all of us working together to try to save whatever is left.