Protect sea animals from dying in the waste-polluted oceans

Protect sea animals from dying in the waste-polluted oceans

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Diane Ho started this petition to Ocean Conservancy and

Studies estimate there are around 15 to 21 trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean. Over 1 million seabirds and 100,000 sea mammals die every year from eating plastic. Innocent animals are dying by ingesting waste. The endangered species, Stellar sea lions, are dying or injured from entanglement in pieces of plastic. Whales are found lying dead on beaches, stomachs filled to the brim with plastic. Sea turtles are choking on plastic, mistaking it as food. Even worse, some sea turtles make the mistake of believing they are full from eating plastic, starving to their death. But they are not the only creatures to do so. Many sea animals are unable to distinguish the difference between food and plastic. They continue to consume plastic, but since plastic is not digestible and takes too long to disintegrate, it only leads to their death.

We see or use plastic materials in our everyday life. Just from our consumer goods, the clothes we buy, or the food we process, every single part contains a piece of plastic. Every minute, one garbage truck full of plastic is dumped into the ocean. 8 million metric tons of plastic are thrown into the ocean annually. We take pleasure in oceans for our own enjoyment but why are we destroying it instead of protecting it?

This is a tragedy that is long overdue and needs to be prevented. We must protect sea animals and their home. To do so, we need to reduce the production of plastic and instead invest in other materials that are safer and more eco-friendly. Small changes such as refraining from drinking in plastic water bottles or ditching plastic utensils for reusable utensils are extremely helpful. These small actions may not look impressive but they can come a long way. In addition, over the past 50 years, plastic consumption has doubled and plastic production has continuously increased. This is not the right way to move. We need to invest in materials that are biodegradable and decrease our plastic production. Recycling plastics can help prevent pieces of plastic from going into the ocean. Plus switching to biodegradable materials, like from plastic bags to paper bags at grocery stores, reduce the chances of plastic making it to the ocean. We need to take these actions, all to save the oceans and the sea animals.

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