Reduce Ocean Pollution!

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 (The photo is taken at Stanley, HK)

 


Marine pollution is a growing problem in this world. Many animals, as well as people, are going to be affected, and likely in negative ways. Reasons for this problem could be because companies often don’t mind their waste management very well, and a lot of that ends up in the ocean. Earlier this year, when I was due to go on a trip to a beach, there were piles of trash scattered all over the place, and there were still more washing up from the ocean. I realized just how dirty these places were, and that was supposed to be a clean beach! This is worrisome, as more and more trash is beginning to build up in the ocean. Due to this, there’s now a Pacific garbage patch that's twice the size of Texas in the Pacific ocean, which is three times the size of France! These ocean problems and pollution should definitely be tried to be reduced and stopped.


There are many reasons why ocean pollution should be stopped. A big one would be that polluting the ocean can affect many people, or even you. For instance, over 3 billion people rely on fish as a major source of protein and food. Another reason would be that the ocean produces over 50% of the oxygen we breathe and takes about ¼ of the carbon dioxide emissions that we give! Pollution could also just as easily ruin places that people go to, for instance, beaches. People sometimes just don’t realize or possibly, understand, about what they’re doing and can accidentally help cause, or just ignore pollution.


Most of this pollution is just because there isn’t proper waste management and so a lot of the trash from the industries end up in the ocean. Also, people do sometimes litter and leave bottles on the beach or throw them into the sea. But because of all this, many fish and sea creatures are now becoming endangered. Why this matters is because if one animal goes extinct or dies out, then the entire food chain shatters, as because the animals that would originally eat that creature would die out as well, (because of nothing to eat) and so on. This shattering of the food chain could easily affect people, because then the people which rely on fish or other sea creatures would have less, or even no food. And, again as so much people rely on fish as a major food and protein source, that would be a major problem.


In conclusion, this is affecting our environment heavily and needs to be stopped. There ways to help stop this, and as simple as not throwing a bottle into the ocean, and to recycle your trash. A way to help is to sign my petition, which I’ll send to the HK government (if I get enough signatures) and as well as some other areas, and hope they will be more careful and help reduce pollution such as just by putting signs up for people to be more careful about littering and where they dispose their trash, small fines for just leaving it somewhere like a beach, as well as being much more careful on waste management, such as recycling the trash here in Hong Kong and maybe even some of the other places as well.

Thank you! :D 



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