Ocean Plastic

Ocean Plastic

Plastics – one of the things that makes life easier. You can see it everywhere. It carries our groceries and lunches for work and it carries our favorite beverages and sodas, but other than that? Plastic is the most well-known pollutant of our oceans. In this article, we’re going to talk about the excessive use of plastics.

Plastic has been around from quite some time now, invented in 1907 by Leo Hendrik Baekeland, plastic has made people’s lives a lot less difficult. However, it made the earth much less happy when it got invented. Ever since then, a lot of plastics are in our oceans, which some people just carelessly throw away. The excessive use of plastic is driving our oceans crazy, which you can observe through social media. For instance, a turtle may have a plastic straw stuck in its nose, or marine life would consume some plastics that they aren’t aware of. These are the unfortunate circumstances that happen to the environment and animals alike, and this is usually the cause of their deaths. It’s crazy that a simple bottle of water can contribute to killing a big whale. Plastics are a big threat to our marine life and we humans should do something about it.

How can we reduce it?

It’s very easy- we just need to reduce, reuse, and recycle. By reducing the use of plastics, you can reuse them and make them into something even more. A plastic bottle in itself can turn into a plastic vase, or a piggy bank that the kids can throw some pennies in, or it can even be a simple pencil holder. By doing this simple act, you’re helping thousands of marine life swimming in the oceans. You don’t just save multiple fishes in the ocean, but you’re saving a lot of people by consuming less plastic as well. Plastics also contribute to climate change and it’s incredibly dangerous to human health. Some people choose to burn their garbage, which contain roughly of plastics, and the burnt plastic then releases toxic gases that effects both the environment and people. It also releases black carbon, which highly contributes to climate change.

Clearly, there’s a lot at risk here. Although plastic made our lives easier, it came at a harmful price. Just think about the fishes in the sea and the climate of this Earth we call home. We need to reduce the usage of plastic to preserve this blue globe for the upcoming generations. We need to be the change that the world deserves and in order to do this, we need to reduce, reuse and recycle!

Paul Petersen