Be the Solution to Ocean Pollution Essay

1975 Words Dec 21st, 2010 8 Pages
Gina McArdle
May 21, 2010
F 9-11:50
Be the Solution to Ocean Pollution

Specific Purpose: To persuade my audience to minimize the amount of waste they contribute to the ocean litter and pollution

Central Idea: The quality of the ocean and health of sea life is greatly impacted by the contents that go into the sea, so the people of this world should limit the amount of litter and pollutants that potentially contribute to this problem.

INTRODUCTION

I. Attention Getter: Breathe slowly. Do not hold your breath. Equalize early and often. Stay off the seafloor. These are a few of the thoughts going through my mind while descending on my first open-water dive in Monterey, California. I hear the eerie silence, interrupted only by
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b. These numbers show what a vast impact only one oil spill has on an environment. In the past, detergents and steam cleaning were used to clean up oil spills, but the damage made by those “treatments” were worse than just leaving the shore alone. D. Chemicals and foreign liquids are not the only factors causing harm in the ocean. Many tangible objects, especially plastic, glass, and other trash, contaminate the deep blue sea. 1. The main problem with plastics is that they will virtually never go away. Most consumers throw them away, but they do not go away, they just go elsewhere. Out of sight, out of mind. Animals suffer injury, and in many cases death, from their encounters with plastic. Animals can be harmed through entanglement, laceration, suffocation, and ingestion. Depending on which body of water and the buoyancy of it, plastics thrown into the water can either float, sink, or stay in the water column, leaving nowhere for animals to hide. The animals often mistake plastic pieces for food and ingest them. Discarded plastic packaging, fishing nets, and ropes usually take several years to break up. Meanwhile marine animals become entangled and trapped. Each year, enormous numbers of plastics,

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