The purpose of this campaign is to reduce the use of

plastic. This is extremely important because our great waterways and ocean are becoming a dumping ground which endangers sea life, and creates unhealthy swimming conditions and a horrible eye sore.

Plastics like grocery bags, straws and soda bottles are carried into the Pacific Ocean every day. Over the last ten years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century. In fact enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times. We currently recover only five percent of the plastics we produce, and 50 percent of the plastic we use, we use just once and throw away. Consequently, plastic constitutes approximately 90 percent of all trash floating on the ocean’s surface, with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile, this creates a great problem for the sea life. In fact, one million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is located in the North Pacific Gyre North East of Australia and is the largest ocean garbage site in the world. This floating mass of plastic is larger than the State of New South Wales and is growing to become the size of Queensland, with plastic pieces outnumbering sea life six to one. If we don’t put a stop to plastic pollution our waterways and great oceans will soon be an unhealthy and unstable place to go.

Change is needed because plastic doesn’t break down so the problem will only grow.

We as a human race need to put a stop to plastic pollution, we must change the production and use of plastic, and increase the penalties being caught littering anywhere whether it be on land or water. Bottom line we need to stop our dependence on plastics, Ban plastic bags, recycle and find alternatives of plastic such as glass bottles, re-usable/ ecofriendly bags, etc. If action is taken our world will have a bright future.

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