Plastic releases harmful chemicals into oceans - 31 Aug 2009  
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In a recent study, plastics, once thought to be virtually indestructible, have been found to be decomposing in oceans with surprising speed. Moreover, as they disintegrate, they leach a number of hazardous chemicals into the water and sand. Lead scientist Dr. Katsuhiko Saido of Nihon University in Japan stated that the plastic releases chemicals such as bisphenol A as well as a known carcinogen from styrene into the water.

In Japan alone, over 150,000 tons of plastic wash up each year onto the shore, with millions of tons that arrive on beaches worldwide. Dr. Saido and associates, many thanks for your research, disturbing though it may be. Let us all be reminded to seek lifestyles that bring only benefit to all beings on the planet.

During a May 2009 videoconference in Togo, Supreme Master Ching Hai emphasized the importance for our own health and survival of realizing the interdependence of all elements in the environment.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Balanced marine ecosystems are extremely important, as more than two-thirds of the planet is covered by oceans. They provide half of the world’s oxygen and play a major part in regulating the global climate. So, life on Earth truly depends very much on the ocean for survival.

To disturb the balance of the seas, thus, ultimately places our own lives in danger. So, it is in our interest to care for the oceans if we want to survive, and all the life that they contain, including fish.