As the rate of plastic production exceeds the rate we get rid of it; it will soon overtake our oceans. In 2010 alone, it was estimated that over 300 million tons of new plastics were produced around the world, (QTD. By UC Davis USA on YouTube). Many oceans from North America and Japan are being polluted by our carelessness and are causing our marine life to suffer. Marine mammals such as seals are being found entangled in plastic fishnets and several drown.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a gyre in the Pacific Ocean which has been collecting marine debris for many years, forming a trash vortex of astounding size in the middle of the ocean. The majority of the trash collected is plastic, or microplastics, due to their extremely resistant nature based on their chemical composition. They are bonded so tightly that it is incredibly difficult to break the plastics down, so instead, they remain in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch for indefinite periods of time, damaging aquatic life and polluting the waters. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch has been portrayed to the public as a growing, urgent issue, which can be solved if we work together to remedy the problem. This general presentation is fair to the problem, as the trash vortex does pose a great threat to aquatic life, and its pollution of the sea is far from desirable.
Moore had seen the most beautiful sights and the most horrifying sights. On the day August 3, 1997 is when Moore had seen the most devastating sight of plastic. The author had asked, “How did all the plastic end up here? How did the trash tsunami begin?” Awareness must be raised to inform people about the negative effects plastic has on the environment as well as those who live in it.
Luther King says in "9 Interesting Facts and Statistics about Littering", 1.9 billion tons of litter end up in the ocean. The ocean is another ecosystem made up of many diverse animals and plants. In “ 5 Ways Pollution Is Killing Animals”, Abigail Geer tells us that there are many things that can pollute the water ranging from noise, chemical and acid runoff, waste water and oils. All of these types of pollutions are affecting the marine life drastically. Abigail tells us that noise pollution is hurting animals that use sonar to get around are becoming closer to extinction.
Sixty percent of seabirds have plastic in their gut, and researchers expect that more than ninety percent of seabirds have eaten plastic before (“Seabirds”). Plastic microbeads are also in human digestive systems and are causing a threat to waterways (“Microbeads found” and “Subcommittee acts”). Plastic pollution is injuring marine life such as turtles, birds, and whales. There are huge clusters of plastic in oceans, causing animals to eat the pollution and get caught in it (“Seabirds”). Plastic pollution is a problem and needs prevention, or oceans, marine life, and our lives will be in even more danger than they are now.
Racial Profiling is probably one of the most controversial debates in law enforcement. The point of this paper is to bring to the attention of the public about why racial profiling is morally wrong. For years this has been a big problem. It seems like nowadays law enforcers assume that people of different race are more likely to commit crimes due to stereotypical assumptions.
In “Is Fish Farming Safe?” Terry McCarthy states that the current way of fish farming is ruining our water and eco systems by dumping waste. Elizabeth Kolber essay “The Acid Sea” discusses about the carbon dioxide we are pumping into our oceans, and Susan Casey “Our Oceans Are Turning into Plastics… are you?” focuses on how we are dumping plastics and garbage into our oceans. While despite these author’s talking about different topic they all agree about future ramifications of having wastes in our oceans and waters.
When you think of pollution the first thing that probably does not come to your mind is ocean pollution and how us humans are contributing to it. The dumping of plastics or other garbage is one of the biggest sources of pollution, and hurt our marine animals more than anything else. The spilling of oil from tankers and offshore rigs is another source of sea pollution that is hurting our marine animals. Noise pollution, like traffic, loud sounds from sonar devices and oil rigs also is affecting our marine animals. Sadly all these things contribute to decreases in marine life and affect the everyday marine life in a negative way.
The ocean is nowadays undergoing numerous environmental issues that further lead to marine pollution. Marine pollution is a very serious environmental issue that most of the countries of the world encounter. Aquatic littering is considered as one of the major causes of marine environment. The misleading use of the marine environment is extremely impacting the marine life and ecosystems. Moreover, the total amount of toxins and debris discharged by human beings is incredibly increasing in today 's world.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch(GPGP), also known as “Pacific Trash Vortex” would be best known as a disaster in our ocean. The GPGP is a collection of marine debris in the North Pacific ocean. The garbage patch is known to expand from the coast of California to Japan. According to marnie scientist Marcus Eriksen, the garbage patch is the largest plastic dump on earth(Eriksen). Much of the marine life is getting damaged and is in danger of dying.
Beaches, docks, and other shallow, oxygen-rich areas provide a suitable habitat for the clams. Because of this, Asian clams greatly impact swimming areas since their sharp shells can cause injuries among swimmers. Also located in shallow areas of lakes, typically, are water intake systems, which Asian clams also have the tendency to clog and ultimately destroy. Since the town of Lake George 's main drinking water source is the lake, this creates a huge issue. The clams also clog water intake systems in private boats and homes, costing owners hundreds of dollars to fix.
These things can be useful for homeless dumpster divers though. Homeless dumpster divers can have what they need and even possibly what they want. Eighner argues that, “students throw food away around break because they do not know if it has spoiled or will spoil before they return… I tend to gain weight when I am scavenging…dumpsters contain...pill bottles...unused condoms.” He is trying to explain that homeless dumpster divers may not have a life filled with lavish possessions, but they have a life that they can live. Dumpster divers find many things that other people have thrown out and they use what they need to survive. Eighner is trying to prove that people can in fact live off dumpsters because of all of the things people throw
In The Land Ethic by Aldo Leopold, he explores why we have taken over ownership of something that does not belong to us. He states “a land ethic changes the role of Homo sapiens from conqueror of the land community to plain member and citizen of it” (Leopold, course reading package, page 204). Land ethics in relation to oceanic pollution means investigating and reflecting on our decision to flood the planet’s seas with waste and chemicals, changing the living conditions of every species that touches the ocean. There is no doubt that taking advantage of this precious resource is not only immanently damaging, but also morally wrong. Additionally, in What Is Education For? written by David Orr, we look at the topic of education in relation to the global responsibility that comes with it (ENV100 Fall 2015, Lecture #2, 2015).
In Katie Kelley’s essay “Garbage,” from The Norton Sampler it argues New Yorkers frivolous attitude perpetuates their garbage problem. Jerome Kretchmer, the Environmental Protection officer, perpetuates Fresh Kills, New York’s largest landfill, with his ignorance. Kelley says that “Jerome Kretchmer (…) had-taken his seven-year-old daughter’s class out to Fresh Kills for a field trip.” (108).
Thomas Morton’s article, Oh This Is Great, wants people to have a greater understanding on what’s going in our world. People need to understand that our ocean is a pile of trash. As Morton stated, “The ocean is downstream of everything.” Considering the fact, people are thoughtlessly tossing their trash onto the floor, are sadly ending up into the ocean- where our food chain is greatly affected by.