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Goal: It is vital that we stop using Plastic bags. It is very important to stop using plastic bags because it is effecting our environment by blocking drains and preventing water from travelling. The streets look extremely dirty when citizens throw plastic bags there without bothering what can happen to the environment. This litter is more than just unpleasant, it has serious effects on the animals, the environment and on human health.

Describe the situation

Pollution is the most serious problem and the majority of marine pollution is caused by the land based activities. Plastic bags are in the streets everywhere, in 2002 in Australia around 50-80 million bags ended up as litter in our environment. While the number littered has probably been reduced since then, it is likely that a large number still enter the environment.

Once littered, plastic bags can find their way on to our streets, parks, and into our waterways. The plastic bags are non-biodegradable and it takes about 1000 years for them to degrade.  Even if we stopped using plastics today, they will remain with us for many generations, threatening both human and ocean health. Plastic pollution is one of the most serious threats in our oceans, there is approximately 46000 pieces of plastic per square mile.

Why is change needed?

Pollution kills millions of animals each year, some die due to water pollution, other die from entanglement and many other causes due to human carelessness. Land pollution kills many animals yearly and it can’t keep continuing. Grocery bags should be banned because they are dumped in a land fill for hundreds and or thousands of years. Plastic poses a significant threat to the health of sea creatures, both big and small. Over 100,000 marine mammals and one million seabirds die each year from ingesting or becoming entangled in plastic.

What is needed?

Using ecofriendly bags for an amount of time, if myself and everyone else used ecofriendly bags then the land pollution rate would drop. Australians dispose of an estimated 4 billion plastic bags, or 20,700 tonnes of plastic, that can be recycled. Australians have to use ecofriendly bags otherwise littering of plastic bags with continue and the environment will get worse.

The Outcome

Plastic bag pollution is a major threat to Australia let a known the world it is one of the biggest global killers, affecting over 100 million people. That’s comparable to global diseases like malaria and HIV. Without pollution the world will be less toxic then what it is today, resulting in a cleaner and better place overall.

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