Do you ever stop and think how our ocean is coming to a complete disaster? Or how would you feel sea turtles, sea lions, fish, whales or dolphins go forever extinct all because of our fault? It is okay if you have not put much thought toward these altitudes, but we need to start because ocean pollution has been happening every year and it is only getting worse by the second. All because of ocean pollution is has estimated to kill millions of sea animals every year. Thepollution in our ocean has started more devastating effects on the environment, which include irreversible effects to the ocean’s ecosystem.Many of us humans lately been underestimating the importance of the ocean and its creditability underneath the water with such incredible intelligent beautiful animals that are becoming endangered from the pollution. Earth is an enormous place, but resources are actually very limited and will not last forever; unless there is a balance we start doing. We must protect the resources we have now in order for them to last into the next generation and forever. Every time we throw away a plastic bottle, leave trash on the beach, drive our cars, oil spills, and even burn those millions of fossil fuels to operate all those huge factories, we are attempting to pollute the ocean and even impacting the way we live by our health. The toxins that are being thrown in the ocean are affecting our skin, nausea, respiratory failure, memory loss and even fatality (Knowlton). This only proves toxin pollution is not only killing innocent sea creatures it is harming life all over the world. Let’s make a step to save our animals, our enormous ocean, the ecosystem and also the environment and lastly our health.
Our ocean covers more than 70 percent of our planet and 97 percent of the earth’s water is found in our oceans. The ocean is among the earth’s most valuable natural resources.Hannah Ritchie and Max Roser did a World in Data of Plastic pollution they stated: “rapid growth in global plastic production was not realized until the 1950s. Over the next 65 years, annual production of plastics are increasing nearly to 200 to 381 million tonnes in 2015..this is roughly equivalent to the mass of two-thirds of the world population” (Hannah Ritchie and Max Roser).As they estimated the years and how much pollution has increased into our ecosystem is only becoming more worse than we could ever imagine. We could nearly not have an ocean in the year of 2055, it will be an ocean of trash and no more sea cultures.Every year about one hundred to two hundred billion pounds of plastic are manufactured. Only 31% of that plastic is actually recycled. The biomass packaging estimates 10% of that plastic ends up in the ocean annually. About 20% of it coming from ships and other platforms, and the other 80% coming from land derived sources, such as international garbage or dumping, however it still finds its way to the ocean. (Biomass Packaging Co, et al). This is a brief example how the ocean is suffering; the biomass data shows it is mainly coming from our own land. As you can see from the data, we need to change these impact’s and save our ocean before it is too late.
Our sea cultures are in danger and we are not possible stopping the issue. Nearly 700 species, including endangered ones, are known to have been affected by this dangerous issue. The number one sea creature that is going endangered the Sea Turtles.Like many other sea animals, sea turtles mistake plastic waste for a viable food source, sometimes causing blockages in their digestive system which causes death.This is just not happening to sea turtles it happening to many other animals. Therefore, the biggest sea creature in the ocean; the whale swallows plastics waste.For an example, rescuers been seeing whales wash upon on shores; A necropsy revealed that more than 17 pounds of plastic had clogged up the whale’s stomach, making it impossible for it to ingest nutritional food. This waste was in the form of 80 shopping bags and other plastic debris (Nancy). Sadly, an overwhelming amount of plastic pollution isn’t even visible to the human eye anymore because of how much plastic is thrown and floating in the ocean; the ocean starts breaking up the plastic. This is so scary and so dangerous because with this much of plastic that is occurring out at sea you would have to see the plastic on an a microscopic level.Little bits of plastic are floating around the sea everywhere, and animals are eating it and breathing these bits of plastic into their body.
The data, endangered sea cultures, animals washing up on the shore, ocean throwing up trash and many other effects, but will we actually put our foot down and make a change? Being an enviorment we are not solving the issue, and why is that? Why are we ignoring this tragic problem that is soon going to be causing our health? Why are we being selfish? Abviously, this is not a hard problem we do not know the answers or solutions for, we all know what to do a d how to fix the mess, it is common sense.For an example, “We know how-to pick-up garbage. Anyone can do it. We know how to dispose of it. We know how to recycle.” It’s a matter of building the necessary institutions and systems, he says—ideally before the ocean turns, irretrievably and for centuries to come, into a thin soup of plastic.“We have enough evidence to act.”says Ted Siegler, a Vermont resource economist who has spent more than 25 years working with developing nations on garbage. It’s clear that plastic pollution is impacting virtually every living organism in the ocean, or thriving off of, this is simply not acceptable no okay.
The balance of our ecosystem is essential to our quality of life and will ultimately depend on when the world decides to stop turning a blind eye to the issue and make the necessary lifestyle changes. As a planet together, we all must remain diligent as we work to minimize our own individual consumption of plastic products. Let’s keep our sea plastic free. However, a couple changes to your everyday life style will not hurt you, recycle, clean up after yourself, buy less items that exploit the sea animals and ocean itself, support organizations working to protect the ocean and lastly influence change in your community it can help others viewing on things also you might give them that extra push. Another resort that can help is having a disposable lifestyle, use reusable bags, beverage cups and any food containers; resue or recycle them when possible. An extremely important factor is we need to make step on doing is stop littering. Your actions matter, and they will make a huge different to our ocean. Be a role model, we are planets only hope. It only takes a change to save so many life’s out in the ocean even the ocean its self and it will even help our health.
The ocean pollution is a global problem in the world that is suffering. It is important to start taking serious actions to solve all pollution in the sea because it is a place to keep marine species because our marine species are considered one of the most important sources for humanity. Plastic is showing up in the tiniest sizes to the biggest size and it is killing our sea creatures and our ocean. Pollution is threating our oceans life. Hopefully, we will have more ocean species in the future to be able to maintain the richness of biodiversity in the ocean. It should be our main priority right now.
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