Breanna Hill, News Editor
Pollution continues to be one of the biggest problems facing the world today, and it’s only getting worse as the years pass by. We tend to forget on several occasions that pollution not only affects us, but the precious marine life as well. More than 70 percent of the world consists of our oceans, so why are we avoiding the obvious and adding to the devastation by producing man-made pollution?
Most of the trash that enters the oceans are some form of plastic, which is doing considerably more harm because plastic is unable to biodegrade. Most people are unaware of what all can contribute to marine pollution, or how it all comes to be. Dumping waste into the oceans off the shoreline isn’t even the biggest cause of marine pollution; dumping into sewers and storm drains also contributes to the devastation that is wreaking havoc on our precious waters.
Ocean pollution is known to affect over 800 different marine species that reside in the oceans, mostly because they believe plastic is food that they’re able to consume. Ocean pollution not only contributes to the killing of the marine animals but also birds as well. Some people may think that dumping a water bottle in the ocean is no big deal, but the rate at which things decompose in the oceans is truly astounding. It takes approximately 80 years for Styrofoam to decompose. When it comes to aluminum that’s 200 years, and plastic 400. We need to help preserve our oceans not only to protect the marine life, but our own lives as well. One of the simplest ways to help out is to pick up trash along the shorelines whenever you’re able to. If we all pitch in whenever we can our marine life will begin to feel safer, and have longer life spans.
Do you want to learn more? Visit: https://www.noaa.gov/resource-collections/ocean-pollution