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Story Publication logo July 1, 2019

Joane: We Can End the Toxic Use and Burning of Plastics (Spanish)


Image courtesy of Francesc Badia i Dalmases. Brazil, 2018.

Amidst an increasingly destructive and often murderous atmosphere, indigenous communities along the...

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Joane, tumbada en la playa. Brazil, 2019. Image by Pablo Albarenga.
Image by Pablo Albarenga. Brazil, 2020.

How much more plastic can the Amazon basin handle before it's too late? How much more ignorant destruction? How much more environmental degradation?

A plastic bag, a polyethylene bottle, a piece of polyurethane... these are insignificant, cheap, and disposable objects. Billions of these items are used every day, around the entire planet. Nevertheless, after a single use, they are abandoned at a massive scale in nature. And they have a catastrophic impact, compounded over time, on the landscape—they decompose into microplastics and contaminate water. The objects end up killing river life: fish, turtles, and birds.

Read the full story in Spanish on the El Pais website