How the next generation can help save ocean.

How the next generation can help save ocean.

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Genesis Viales started this petition to Miami Dade County Public Schools

I want the Miami Dade County School Board to purchase reusable straws and utensils to help keep waste from being thrown in the ocean to lower water pollution. Did you know that the average man utilizes at least 220 pounds of plastic each year? How much of that is not recycled? The recycling rate in the U.S since 2018 was 32.1%, including composting.

Many people might not know this, but water pollution has been going on for years, and it's only been getting worst! It started in the mid 19th century.

Plastic contributes to global warming. It takes plastic around 20 to 500 years to decompose. It's also a hazard to all marine life. Many aquatic animals have been affected in their day-to-day life. There have been occurrences where turtles have plastic straws stuck in their nose. There have been encounters where seabirds have plastic rings around their neck or beak. When around the neck, it causes suffocation. When around the mouth, it causes starvation and vulnerability to predators. They are not the only ones being affected but dolphins, fish, whales, sharks, coral, and sea plants. The ocean is dying right in front of us. It's all our fault. All because we are careless, selfish, and need to keep on taking over everything. We take, we take, we take till it's all gone. There is no pleasing us.

There are many different ways to reduce our plastic consumption. You can start by using reusable straws and utensils. At the beginning of every school year, each student will get a small package that contains their straw and utensils for the year. If the student misplaces their utensils and reusable straw's they can purchase another.

 

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