The association encompasses more than 700,000 members and sponsors, who commit themselves to the conservation of threatened habitats, flora and fauna, to climate protection and energy policy. Every year, more than ten million tons of plastic waste are transported from land only to the oceans. Seabirds eat plastic and build their nests from it, turtles and dolphins get entangled in old ropes or net remains, and an armada of microplastic floods the marine foodchain.
The North Sea and Baltic Sea are also affected. Fehmarn's beaches have an average of 70 pieces of waste of various sizes on 100 metres of coastline, while the Wadden Sea coasts of Germany and the Netherlands have almost 390 pieces, a good three-quarters made of plastic. Scientists estimate that more than 600,000 cubic metres of waste are stored at the bottom of the North Sea alone. A quantity that could fill Cologne Cathedral 1.5 times. And the plastic flow does not dry up. It is high time to act! And everyone can help. NABU's main objectives are the preservation of habitats and biodiversity, the promotion of sustainability in agriculture, forest management and water supply and distribution, as well as to enhance the significance of nature conservation in our society.
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