World Environment Day is celebrated under the theme “Beat Plastic Pollution,” a situation that the Eastern Coast of the region faces, where pollution with microplastics has been detected in birds and fish, as well as in the Ring of Cenotes, where they are facing serious problems due to garbage dumps that are already affecting these water sources.
In addition to this, deforestation is impacting the ecological reserves along the Yucatan coast, threatening petenes, mangroves, beaches, dunes, and jungles.
The Eastern Coast is not exempt from the serious pollution caused by microplastics invading the water and air, negatively impacting human health and the environment, revealed environmental biologist Julián Rojas.
Recent studies have shown that organisms in marine species contain toxic chemicals after consuming these tiny plastics. It has also been proven that in the Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, several organisms have residues of agrochemicals and other contaminants that are severely affecting this place.
The purpose of World Environment Day is to raise awareness among the population about the importance of protecting ecosystems and promoting respect for the environment. Experts affirm that there are scientific advances and solutions; what is needed is political will and the involvement of all social actors to reverse the serious damage caused by humans.
In addition to the tons of garbage left by tourists, including a large amount of plastic, ecosystems have also suffered deterioration in other aspects.