There are a lot of people in the world who don’t know what’s going on with plastic and its impact on our oceans. In this post, I’m going to try to break it down for you.
It’s hard to believe that there are now more pieces of plastic in the ocean than there are stars in our galaxy. We produce over 300 million tons of plastic every year, and 8.8 million tons end up in the ocean each year! Studies show that by 2050, 99% of seabirds will have ingested plastic; fish eaters could ingest as much as 11,000 tiny pieces per year. There is no easy fix for this problem – it would take centuries to clean up all the trash on the surface alone. But we can make a difference by rethinking our consumption habits and refusing single-use plastics like water bottles and straws whenever possible.
The ocean is home to a lot of creatures, both large and small. Unfortunately, the plastic that people throw into it can hurt these animals in many ways. Plastic bags can get stuck on their bodies or get tangled up in their tentacles, preventing them from eating or breathing. Sometimes they even choke to death! The plastic takes hundreds of years to biodegrade (meaning break down) so once it gets there, it will stay there for quite some time before anything could happen about it. This has made the ocean very polluted with all this extra garbage that we humans have thrown into it!
The ocean is a beautiful place full of life, but these plastics are making it ugly. Plastic bags can get stuck on their bodies or get tangled up in their tentacles, preventing them from eating or breathing. Sometimes they even choke to death! We need to stop throwing our trash into the ocean so that this pollution will go away and we can have clean water again. It might be hard for us at first because plastic takes hundreds of years to biodegrade (meaning break down), but if everyone does what they can do then maybe one day there won’t be any more pollution left in the oceans!