Reduction of Plastic Usage at the University of West Florida

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Coral reefs are often referred to as the rainbows of the sea. They are home to the most diverse group of organisms, they are detrimental to the marine ecosystem, and they are in danger. 

The University of West Florida doesn't recycle plastics, a pollutant that has been slowly taking out corals one by one. Plastics are a never ending mess. They contaminate our oceans, harm precious animals, and are often mistaken as food by many coral species. As a coastal university, it is important to lead by example and start the process of reducing and eventually eliminating the use of plastic in the UWF dining halls and bookstores.

The creators of this petition and the members of the Marine Ecology Research Society have seen first hand how the depletion of this important ecosystem and the addition of plastic to our world's oceans are not only affecting the ocean, but affecting the fish we eat, the air we breathe, and world we love. As Marine Activist we strive to replenish the reef populations and what a better way to do this than starting right here at our local university. 



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