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By: Sarah Sharkey
Pollution in our oceans is a huge problem. Many of us are aware that plastic and other debris
have created floating islands of trash that are ruining the oceans for the animals that live
The magnitude of the problem is growing exponentially. In fact, scientists predict that by 2050
there will be more trash than fish! That is a huge amount of plastic.
This trash is affecting all the animals that live in our oceans. From the tiniest fish to the largest
blue whale, no animals can escape the pressing amount of plastic that is polluting our oceans.
Trash is so prevalent that it has created huge garbage patches in our oceans. The patches are so
big that you can actually see them from space!
So, what can we do about it?
Participate in cleanups. It doesn’t matter if you are on a beach or in a seemingly landlocked
area, almost all trash makes it to the ocean at some point through river systems that lead to the
coast. The only way to start making a dent is by picking up any trash that you can.
Try to avoid single-use plastic. Our society is set up in a way that plastics are everywhere, but
even small efforts to avoid plastics can add up.
Don’t be discouraged by the magnitude of the problem, any effort you can make to prevent
trash from reaching our oceans can add up to create a real change!
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