Giving Compass' Take:

• The recent death of a cuvier beaked whale that had 88 pounds of plastic waste in its stomach is a dark reminder that plastic pollution has become an environmental crisis and it must be addressed. 

• What strategies and laws would need to be put in place for everyone to work toward a no-plastic world? How feasible is this goal?

• Learn about 10 simple tips to reduce single-use plastics in your home. 

A whale with 88 pounds of plastic in its stomach washed up on the shores of Davao City, Philippines, on Saturday, underscoring the global problem of plastic waste, according to a Facebook post by the D’bone Collector Museum Inc.

The 15-foot mammal had ingested 40 pounds of plastic bags alone, and some of the plastic in its body had begun to calcify, according to the Darrell Blatchley, president of D’Bone Collector Museum, a nonprofit that retrieves dead animals and preserves them for educational purposes.

“It was showing signs of being emaciated and dehydrated,” Blatchley told Global Citizen. “It had been vomiting blood before it died.

Read the full article on the urgency for the zero waste movement by Joe McCarthy at Global Citizen