Plastic Pollution By Sunil Krish

Pick up that plastic 'cause it's not goin' to move itself

Got some plastic problems?

People across the world are manufacturing more plastic waste than ever before, and very little of it gets recycled or, at the least, gets thrown away. Plastics and their byproducts are littering the cities, oceans, and waterways, and are a major cause of health problems in humans and animals. Plastic pollution destroys entire ecosystems and threatens the future condition of Earth.

Plastic is everywhere...and it's pretty grim.

Plastic Pollution and its Effects on Land, Water, and Life

Plastic production across the world has grown from about 1.5 million tons in 1950 to 225 million tons in 2010. Over a few decades, humans have managed to dump tons upon tons--over 10 million tons each year, in fact--of plastic garbage into the ocean and on land. Plastics take hundreds and even thousands of years to decay which makes them very devastating if left in a terrestrial or marine environment in large amounts. As a result, fish and wildlife are becoming intoxicated because of these practically immortal plastics. Consequently, the toxins from the plastics have entered the food chain, threatening human health. In the most polluted places in the ocean, the mass of plastic exceeds the amount of plankton six times over. Several plastics completely destroy ecosystems, including Styrofoam(which sinks lower and lower through the ocean in which it spreads and destroys habitats). These are large examples that leave the problem of polluted oceans undeniable. On land, even with plastic's light mass, it takes up a huge amount of space and litters many feeding areas. For example, with birds: many of them cannot distinguish between small critters and plastic, and they find themselves dying or being harmed by eating these wastes. There needs to be a lot more done for this problem as marine and terrestrial animals are dying because of improper disposal of plastic as well as because of clogged environments. We cannot forget about humans. There are so many effects on humans that can't be determined because of the fact that there are hardly any people unexposed to plastics to actually be able to study. BPA is a chemical found in plastics that can be very toxic to humans and can even stunt child development. Many forms of plastics, if ingested, can cause several types of cancer. These are just a few examples of the many threats and effects plastic pollution has on biological lifeforms across the world.

What We Can Do!

Of course, the first passive, but at the same time, active, way to act is to donate to organizations such as the Plastic Pollution Coalition, the 5 Gyres, and the Rivers to Seas Project whose contact information will be given below. Plastics must be regulated and preferring to use a biodegradable bag in a super market, for example, is just one way you can do this. Banning plastic altogether would be a problem, but learning how to properly reuse or dispose of plastic is the key to maintaining the biosphere. You can do things like prevent yourself and others from littering--that is, even if it's just a windy day and a plastic bag flies by. Awareness, like for many other types of pollution, is needed to prevent plastic contamination and pollution.

Say No To Plastic Pollution In Oceans

Sea Turtle with Straw up its Nostril - "NO" TO PLASTIC STRAWS

Say No To Plastic Pollution On Land

When birds eats plastic!!(Shocking video)
TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch - Arlene Blum - Plastic Pollution In Our Homes