Help Save Marine Life

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Have you ever walked down the beach, hearing the wave’s crash and the water slipping between your toes? It makes you feel happy and at peace doesn't it? Now, think about how much plastic and garbage have ended up in the ocean because people didn’t care to recycle it. 
 
Almost all the garbage that ends up in the ocean comes from land base activities. We can’t place the blame on anyone expect for ourselves. Erik Solheim an environment executive director says “Plastic isn’t the problem. It’s what we do with it.” So, every time you choose not to recycle you are only contributing to the problem. It takes nearly 450 years for a single plastic water bottle to fully break down, when it could take you 5 seconds to put it in the recycling bin.     

Research from Ocean Crusaders states that 100 000 marine creatures die each year from plastic entanglement and these are only the ones that are found. They also found that approximately 1 million sea birds have died from plastic alone. These numbers are extremely high and concerning to the marine life population. 91% of plastic isn't recycled and ends up polluting our lands and oceans. 

Why should you care? 

Without the ocean we are unable to live. It gives us the most valuable natural resources like regulating the weather, keeping our air clean, providing us with food and is home to marine life. We need to start realizing that our actions have consequences and if we keep going at the rate we are going we could damage the ocean beyond repair. 

There are simple things that you can do as an individual that can help with giving the marine life a better home. Things like trying to reduce the amount of plastic you are using every day. There are plenty of alternative solutions to the use of plastic such as reusable straw, reusable bags, using containers instead of plastic bags or using reusable water bottles instead of plastic water bottles. 

Looking after our ocean and marine life is key to keeping our world a safe and clean place. We need to start to make a change in the way we are using plastic in our everyday lives before it is too late. 

The species of the ocean are unable to speak up for themselves, so I’m being their voice and advocating for them. Every day you make a choice of whether or not you want to use yours. Start your first step and sign my petition so we can start to raise awareness and see a change in the way our marine life is treated.