Marine Biologist and explorer for National Geographic Manu San Felix has presented his documentary ´Lets save our Mediterranean` in Barcelona on Wednesday, in which he denounces that it is the most polluted sea in the world but insists that “we are in time to save it, but we have to act now”.
The documentary shows the current state of the seabed on the Spanish Mediterranean coast and the possible solutions that can prevent further deterioration.
Manu has devoted more than 30 years to the study and fight for the conservation of the sea, which is reflected in his documentary, starting in Formentera and travelling the waters to show how man has reduced one of the richest enclaves on the planet to “one of the most threatened”. He hopes to raise awareness that it is possible to return the Mediterranean to the state it was 80 years ago.
8 million tonnes of plastics end up in our oceans and with more than 250,000 in the remotest corners of the planet. That is the equivalent of five bags full of plastic for every 30cm of coastline, according to the ´Sea of Plastics´ report by the Aquae Foundation.
A study by Greenpeace shows that between 21-45% of microplastic particles end up in the Mediterranean basin, where 95% of the waste is plastic. The percentage drops to 60/80% worldwide.
“More than 134 species are contaminated by ingestion of plastic in the Mediterranean, which is already the most polluted sea in the world, although we are not aware of everything we have lost,” said San Felix.
“as individuals you can take action, how to react correctly against the use of plastic or recycle correctly, with which the problem will be mitigated”.
He concluded “the human being has a hard time changing their habits, but when they are forced to do so they end up changing them, so it is imperative that we realize that it is a reversible process at the moment, but it will not be for a long time, we have to act now”.
The documentary will premiere on the National Geographic Spain channel on the 3rd June at 10pm to commemorate World Oceans Day (8th June).