Plastic Pollution And Its Effects On The Environment

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Plastic Pollution is a man made disaster, but it is rapidly growing every day. It is causing harm to oceans, sea life, and even human life, as we know it. It is important to prevent plastics from ever touching the ocean and we need to do something about it soon. Plastic pollution is something that is dramatically impacting the environment and taking action is something we have to do before it affects more of our planet. The plastic pollution in the water is affecting our own well-being. There are many toxins in plastic, like Diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), which is very dangerous for humans to digest. These toxins can be seen to cause cancer, birth defects, immune system problems, and childhood development issues (serc.carleton.edu). We…show more content…
Fish will eat small particles of plastic called, micro plastic, that has never broken down. Plastic does not ever go away and is not biodegradable. It just breaks down smaller and smaller. Once the fish eats those tiny particles it is floating in their bodies. We then catch the fish and have it for dinner. It is like having a piece of plastic on a plate. It is unhealthy for the sea life and not fair that they have to suffer for our doings. We can help by not littering and if you see trash on the ground, throw it away or recycle the plastic. Plastics can also hurt sea life by injuring them. When you are out of the boat and the plastic ring that held your Cokes fly away, it seems like no big deal. Those rings can get wrapped around the necks and heads of turtles, dolphins, and even seals. It can slowly suffocate them, or injure them severely. Plastic grocery bags also have a tendency to kill sea life. Plastic bags never biodegrade, but they do breakdown. As they do so, any toxic additives they contain—including flame retardants, antimicrobials and plasticizers—will be released into the environment (ecowatch.com). Drifting nets that someone cut off their boat entangles birds, fishes and mammals. Eventually, killing them from starvation or exhaustion. The more plastic we use, the more animals we put at risk. All the plastic ocean in the earth is caused by us. We have to pick up our trash and help make the lives of sea life normal again. They
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