Plastics in the Oceans
Plastics in the ocean are a huge problem. They affect all the wildlife living there. Whales use echolocation to find “food,” that really is just plastic. By the time they have hunted down their “prey” and swallowed it, it’s too late for them to do anything about swallowing plastic.
In March, a pregnant sperm whale was found dead on a beach on Sardinia island in Italy. In her stomach? 48.5 pounds of plastic.
In approximately 5 months, 5 sperm whales have been found dead, all with plastic in their stomachs. It is not confirmed that the sole cause of all their deaths is the plastic consumption, but that’s what is the suspicion of scientists and researchers.
Plastic bags are mistaken for jellyfish quite often by the predators of jellyfish, such as turtles. Sometimes it blocks their intestines, so they can’t eat, or they release chemicals into the turtle or other ocean animals.
Plastics are a huge problem everywhere. Cleaning up the ocean is well and good, but not if as soon as you take one thing out of the water, halfway across the world someone dumps two more pieces of junk into the ocean. What needs to happen? Well, we need to get to the source.
The source is everyone of us. If there was no one to buy the plastics that plastic companies such as Exxonmobil produce, then companies would no longer have a reason to produce these plastics. Simple solution? Stop buying and using plastic. Maybe not so simple actually. But you CAN limit and reduce how much plastic you use.
Everyday Things To Save Our Planet
- Turn off the lights when you leave a room
- Don’t leave phone chargers plugged in when there is nothing to charge
- Limit screen time
- Don’t litter
- Bring reusable or metal straws to places with drinks, and refuse plastic straws
- Buy bamboo toothbrushes instead of plastic ones
- Don't buy products such as glitter (actually tiny pieces of plastic), foam, and plastic bags.
- Bring reusable bags when shopping
Refuse plastic cutlery and plates (maybe carry a reusable fork in your bag)
Want to go a step further?
- Organize a neighborhood or beach cleanup.
- Raise awareness of the plastic pollution problems our world faces. You’re welcome to use examples from this text.
- Organize fundraisers such as bake sales or lemonade stands to raise money for organizations such as Greenpeace of WWF (World Wildlife Fund).
Have any ideas for saving our planet? Comment them below and I'll add them to the board.