The Slippery Slope of Plastic Pollution

The Slippery Slope of Plastic Pollution

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Have you ever wondered where your waste goes when you throw it away, or have you ever thought about why people litter every time you see a piece of trash on the ground? I know I have. But it pains me to know the truth. Millions of animals die, billions of tons of trash floats around in Earth’s oceans because of plastic, and they can’t just biodegrade themselves. Fossil Fuels are still produced to make plastics, and microplastics. And still, people make these plastics everyday, even when they know what it does to the environment. People should stop producing plastic because it is really bad for the environment. Plastic pollution is one of the biggest environmental issues. It is not only bad for the environment, it's also bad for humans. Plastic is made from fossil fuels which is another big environmental issue. Thousands of pounds of plastic is made every ten minutes at factories. Plastic pollution is mainly in Asian part of the world, but it occurs everywhere.Everyday humans make plastic and throw it away. You might have seen TV shows that say “their habitat is being destroyed” or something like that. But ares is too. There are so many landfills on the planet, that by 4000, Earth will be a giant dump. And only people can do something about it. If everyone pitches in to clean up our world, it will be a better place. Better air, better food, better land, and even a better you. 

Animals

        Everyday millions of animals die because of plastic. Plastic has been found blocking digestive tracts, and piercing organs on sealife. Sealife also chokes on plastic everyday. It also has been found to cause cell damage and backtracking stomachs. Anywhere plastic ends up in an animal's body, it can cause problems. Fishermen have been found prying plastic of the beak of sea turtles. Dolphins get entangled in it and have drowned. Also, most of the deaths to animals are about starvation, or entanglement. And Almost every single species of animal has eaten plastic. Plastic won't just go away, we humans have to do something about it. Even though animals are being affected the most because of plastic, it hurts humans too. Think of it this way, most humans eat fish. But what if there was no fish. Some humans eat beef, what if there was no beef. A lot of humans eat vegetables or fruit, what if there weren't any. We have to look at everything that is affected. It’s pretty easy to do, just think about everything. If all the living things died, what would humans have to eat, nothing. That’s why we should start worrying about it now, and not in 4000 when everything is extinct. Millions of animals are killed by plastic pollution every year. Animals are dying faster than they are being born just from plastic. At this rate, by 4000, all animals on the planet would die. It is really important that we don’t go that far. But if we do something about it, that would change. 

Microplastics

        Microplastics can be found anywhere and everywhere. If a piece of plastic is less than 5 millimeters or smaller it is considered a microplastic. There’s about 1,000 microplastics every square meter of the world. This is really bad for the environment. 

Even though they usually sink to the bottom of Earth’s oceans, or buried underground. They still are found in food. They can make any animal sick by blocking their digestive system. But if humans ingest an animal that has eaten microplastics, it can make up super sick. They would fill up our stomachs and never be digested. You would have to get surgery to get it removed, and even then, not all of it would come out. Nobody wants this to happen to them. So it's important that our soil stays fresh, and keeps animals away from this stuff. But it is really hard to clean them up because you usually never see them. That’s why they’re even worse than regular plastic. 

Solution

        As you can see, plastic pollution is a big problem to our environment. Even though plastic has revolutionized medicine, made life saving devices, made space travel possible, and saved fuels from getting exposed into the air, it still is a really bad problem. And we could do all of these things with different material. We don’t need plastic. We can do all of these things without plastic. Look at what it's doing to our beautiful world. Millions of animals die, food goes bad, air quality goes down, and it never gets cleaned up. That’s why humans have to do something about it. We can't just sit back and watch the world end. We are the cause of this problem, it only feels right for us to fix it. You can’t just expect animals to pick it up and recycle it. That’s why we need to make a change. We need to do things the way our grandparents and great-grandparents did. Storing leftovers in a ceramic bowl. Then use a plate to cover it  in the fridge. Another option for leftovers is to cover them in reusable beeswax-coated cotton cloths. This will reduce the amount of plastic that will be dumped into our oceans. We can also stop using plastic bags, and bring our own bags to the grocery store. We can start cooking more and not throwing away all the unnecessary wrappers from restaurants. People should also buy in bulk instead of buying multiple little bags. For example, which has less plastic. A container of peanuts, or ten individual packs. The container right. These are the baby steps we need to take to make our world a better place. But you can also think bigger. Like The Plastic Pollution Coalition. They have been working for 10 years, to reduce the use of plastic, and help clean up Earth’s bodies of water. Even a simple protest for a certain manufacturer would make a change. You have to try to make the world a better place. It won’t just happen. Donate to charities that are raising money to clean up plastic. It is super important that we make a difference. Don’t be the person who doesn’t.

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