The Ocean is not your Trash Can
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Marine Debris, also known as marine trash, is abandoned trash on beaches due to humans. Through waterways, the trash leads itself into the ocean killing and hurting the sea animals and the environment. Plastic, paper, wood, and other manufactured materials contribute to ocean pollution. About 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean per year.
99% of organisms live in the ocean. The ocean is a home for millions and millions of organisms. It is also a home for humans, it can be a place for comfort, a place to have fun, and a place make unforgettable memories.
In our planet there are about 90% of trash floating in our ocean. There are 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile and it takes 500-1,000 years for plastic to break down. One million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals are being killed annually from plastic intoxication. In the ocean there are 52.9 million cigarettes and filters floating around, 14.7 million food wrapper containers, 13.5 million caps and lids, and 10.1 million forks and spoons. We are surrounded by the ocean. We grew up loving and enjoying the beach! It’s time to protect it.
We need to stop throwing our trash into the ocean. A piece of trash can kill about 1 million sea animals and seabirds per year. Millions of organizations like Oceana, Surfrider Foundation, The Ocean Cleanup, and more are here to help and guide us to make our oceans cleaner and safer for the animals and the people. It’s our time to properly dispose our trash and protect our oceans together!
“Trash Pollution.” Ocean Health Index,
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