Talk Dirty To Me

The Rubbish in our Oceans


Water bottles. Refrigerators. Milk bottles. These items were made by us, humans, to make our life easier. But unfortunately we are sprinting forward in technology so that by the time the "newest" is out on retail stores, the blueprint of the "newest of the new" is already on its way to the producers. In our nature as humans we develop a need to be better than everybody else( called competitiveness). So that if we have something less than satisfactory we throw it away. Simple as that. If we don't want something, like the look of it, don't need it, we throw it away. Where does all the unwanted materials go? It sails with the tide and out into the deep, blue, ocean.

So as my sustainability assignment I have decided to do it on the dirty rubbish clogging our precious resource( hence the name of this project).

The Cause

The cause or how people have messed up the planet and if we don't make a change mess up the next generation of people.

I don't have any records that reach back to the first human but we have been littering for thousands of years. But the primitive humans did not litter synthetic materials, they only threw away things that were of natural materials. Such as stone, animal skin, bones and whittled wood. These things all naturally decomposes

We evolved and learnt how to make plastic, glass and how to mine resources from the ground like steel. Although when they discovered these things they were treasured and used carefully, we now, since we grew up with them, think they are the "norm". Unfortunately we are buying stuff we want and not what we need. When we don't want them any more they go to the bin. Some rubbish may find itself into our water ways and, eventually, into the ocean. This example shows that humans have treated our biggest resource badly and have taken it for granted.

The Different Points Of View

There is Person A:

You are a bit of a hypocrite. You always hear about the dirty ocean and express care about it but don't act upon it because it does not affect you.

There is Person B:

You own a fishing company. You don't care about the ocean's health at all as long as you get enough money from your company.

There is the Marine Environmentalist:

You are devoting your life to stop all the rubbish from poisoning our beautiful resource. You think everybody should be doing their "bit".

There is the actual Environment/Animals

Your kin is dying. You don't know why your neighbour is dying. There are weird pieces of "food" which is slowly killing you. Your home is dying. You are dying

How my Issue is affecting people and the environment

The graph below shows how many years the item takes to break down at sea. As you can see that fishing line, the thing that we use in the water the most, takes around 600 years to break down. Every time I have been fishing I have lost at least 30 centimeters of line. To think that the line will be there 6 centuries on, it is rather depressing. The National Academy of Sciences in the US of A estimated in 1997 that around 6.4 million tonnes of rubbish enter the worlds ocean. Sea birds, whales sea turtles and other wildlife are eating plastic and dying from choking intestinal blockage and starvation That impacts us because most of us eat fish and the chemicals absorbed by the fish could have long term effects on our life.
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The Great Pacific garbage patch

This map shows where, approximately, all the rubbish accumulates in the water. The ocean currents meet at this spot and dump off the rubbish.


What is being done, could be done, to solve my issue.

What Environmental websites are doing:

In America, many states are holding the plastic producers responsible for recovering, recycling their products after they are used.

What everyone could/ should be doing:

Take disposable plastic out of your routine; Simple things like bringing your own bag to the supermarket and buying plastic bottles with the recycle sign.

Recycle: Try recycle as much as possible because it means that there would be one less piece of rubbish out in the ocean.

Clean up the beach: Organise with your school/workplace/community to host a beach clean up day where everybody has to clean the beaches. Make it fun with prizes if you find the most rubbish.