Monday, February 14, 2011

Drowning in an Ocean of Plastic

Drowning in an Ocean of Plastic- Stephen Leahy

Rating: ****

Our oceans are being polluted with too much plastic, and it is sarting to kill more than a million birds and over 100,000 mammals and sea turtles every year.

This article talks about how the oceans are being affected by plastic. Many animals and marine life are ingesting the plastic because to them it looks like food, and as a result many are dying. Not enough plastic is being recycled; instead it is ruining the habitats of marine animals because the plastic is not biodegradable and will stay in the oceans for years. Also, the plastic will give off toxic chemicals such as DDT and PBC which is obviously lethal for these innocent creatures. Not only do they need the oceans to live but we do too because the ocean controls our climate and weather as well as our oxygen that is generated from the ocean. Time is running out for the oceans that we truly depend on for survival so we must act fast and recycle, recycle, recycle!

This article has taught me how important it is to recycle ur plastic bottles so we are able to preserve our treasured oceans and planet because we depend on it for so many things. It made me realize how oblivious we are to our environment and how we need to change our actions so we are able to keep our earth and oceans as healthy as possible. It is a simple task but many find it quite difficult. Use a reusable bottle, not only is it environmentally friendly, but it saves you money in the long run!

Leahy, Stephen. "Drowning in an Ocean of Plastic" May 5th, 2004