The Role Of Plastic Pollution In The World's Oceans

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Since it’s commercial inception in the late 1930’s, plastic has revolutionized, modernized, and undoubtedly eased human living. Unfortunately, this leap in consumer and industrial technology also came with an unforeseen and devastating side effect. It is speculated that there are at least 5.25 trillion plastic particles weighing a combined 268,940 tons currently floating in the world’s oceans (“Plastic Pollution in the World's Oceans” par. 17). Given that ocean pollution is in such an advanced stage, my research question is this, is it too late or impossible to remove a majority of plastics from the oceans? Although the design and production of large scale ocean clean up equipment is still in it’s infancy, my thesis will be centric to idea that through this equipment, it is not too late to efficiently clean the oceans. Through faith in the machinery currently under…show more content…
Growing up in a generation who's adolescence harbored both 9/11 and The Great Recession, I feel a large portion of us have become desensitized to the horrors of the world. Subsequently, a large portion of this stony-faced youth turns to digital media to block out the withering world around them. Not necessarily that we lack empathy, it just seems that with the daily over-saturation of bad news it’s hard to distinguish real threats from threats perceived. Especially when the variety of newsworthy information is diminished and focused for profiteering interest groups; it’s easy to lose scope of our most important asset; the world. When was the last time you heard industrial scale pollution reported on mainstream media? What percentage of T.V worshiping Americans do you think knows an accurate statistic on the magnitude of ocean pollution? I believe this information is not only vital for current generations, but generations to come. Because as we’ve learned from our predecessors, problems swept under the rug tend to fester rather than
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