Have you ever went to the beach and saw how beautiful the sand is along the shore, or how the waves clash upon one another. Imagine going to the beach with family or friends and that excitement you have to jump in the water and swim in the ocean. Although, as soon as you get your chance you run into the sea you feel something strange hit your toes. The feeling is unfamiliar and as you look down at your feet you notice that there are plastic water bottles in the sea; you may not think anything of it but imagine years from now that that beautiful sea is covered with waste. By recycling we can reduce the waste in our seas and around our neighborhoods.
The sea is filled with un wanted waste from our lack of recycling, according to plastic pollution study on the green peace report in 2006; of the 260 million tons of plastic the world has produced annually, nearly 10 percent of that will end up in the ocean as waste (Plastic pollution). Although plastic is made from raw materials and does decompose it takes hundreds of years for it to finally be completely gone from the ocean and harm free from sea life. In average a foamed cup takes about 50 years of decomposing compared to a plastic bottle that nearly takes about 450 years to decompose (Plastic Pollution). This creating our ocean as a toxic threat for our sea creatures and as a threat for our food chain. Doug Wood from the Algalita Marine Research Foundation states that the impact on plastic debris on mid water fish are outgoing which is giving a rising to yet another source of global contamination (Plastic Pollution). Also, meaning that the fish that we catch are filled with the residue of the waste from intaking toxic debris of plastic. Although that’s not the only creature that suffers from plastic debris yearly, Green peace oceanographic said that nearly 100,000 marine mammals die annually from getting caught in unwanted waste (plastic pollution). After being trapped and unable to take away the debris from the animal’s limbs may cause them to suffocate or worse die of not being able to break free. We endanger sea animal lives yearly by simple not recycling and taking care of our earth. Although we can change that problem by collectively as a community start recycling.
Not only do we endanger our seas, but we endanger ourselves by not recycling we are polluting our air and our main source to live. Recycling is a key factor in our economy, according to pa. gov, taking a product that is considered waste or trash, and transforming it into something different and new is recycling (Pa. Gov). Recycling not only helps the world that we live in by saving the ocean, but it conserves the environment. By going green and using recycling we restore energy that was lost in the process of consumption from consumers (Recycling guide). This allows less bottles to end up in waste mines, the oceans, or on our streets. Recycling is very easy, instead of throwing a recyclable material like a water bottle or a soda can into the trash we can put it into a container for only recyclable materials and dispose of it later. By separating your recyclables from the trash, it would be easier to take your recyclables to a waste to energy incinerator, a land fill, or in certain neighborhood they have a recyclable trash man pick it up (pa. gov). Another alternative is by reducing the amounts of materials that we use like plastic bottle, by buying a reusable water bottle and getting a filter tank for fresh water, we can get the same great taste as a water bottle but without having to harm raw materials. Lastly by reusing items like plastic grocery bags for our daily needs we can help prevent any harm we may cause by throwing them away. These are all small yet useful ways to help keep our planet clean and waste free.
Lastly by promoting those three easy steps of reducing, reusing, and recycling we are one step closer to having a healthy planet. As a community of people on this earth it is important to take into consideration on how important those steps are and how big the impact can be. Our small baby steps is the solution to having cleaner food, fresher water, and a healthy environment for our home. We can keep more raw materials to help the earth grow and maintain it beautiful form for our generation and the generations following. If we are all united and decide to stand up and recycle we can cause a huge impact for not only our society but the ones that come after us. Imagine clear beaches and neighborhoods filled with nothing but greens and no toxic waste. It is important for our economy to have a clean environment, but it is more important for us to prevent the earth, our home, from being polluted from our waste. Having a clean home for our children and our grandkids and our great grandkids is important, and it starts with easy step, we must reduce, reuse, and recycle.
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