Go Green to Stay Clean: The Effects of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

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Go Green to Stay Clean: The Effects of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Go Green to Stay Clean: The Effects Of The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Written by: Gracie W.

Introduction to the Great Pacific Garbage PatchIf you didn’t already know, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch was discovered in 1997 by Charles Moore. As he was taking a shortcut home, he found a great patch of microplastics. You cannot see the patch with a naked eye. You may ask why we should care about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Well, there are multiple answers. Throughout this page, the images, videos, and text will make you want to be a part of the cleanup for the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch will be making an impact on us and the way we live.

Oh Dear, the Poor FishThese marine animals have in no way, contributed to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Why do they deserve to live in it let alone, ingest it? The fish that live near the Great Pacific Garbage Patch are known to ingest 12,000-24,000 tons of plastic per year. Other marine mammals, get caught in trash and nets. The bottom line, is that the marine animals, are suffering, because we pollute the ocean.

How are we affected by the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?Why should we care about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? If you weren’t compelled to make a change by the fact that the garbage patch is affecting marine life, I hope you will be when I tell you that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is affecting you too. There are many ways that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch could be affecting you, depending on who you are. One example of someone that might be affected by the patch is someone who likes seafood. When the fish and other sea creatures eat the plastic and they are not harmed, that plastic that the animal ate could end up hurting us, if we ate that sea creature. The toxins in the plastic could end up harming us. If you are someone who lives on an island or likes to travel, you may already know that beaches are covered in plastic. Some beaches even have 5-10 feet of trash on them. The plastic may come in different forms, like how some beaches have microplastics. No matter how you see it, it’s still plastic that we created. We took that land from ourselves. Another compelling argument, is that we created it. 80% of trash in the patch comes from North America and Asia. Could you have been a part of this? 75-80 million tons of plastic is used to package food products alone. How would you feel if someone filled your home with plastic? If you are sitting there and you don’t feel like you need to make a change in your way of life, you need to reconsider. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is becoming a real problem for us, and will continue to be like that if we don’t make a change.

“What happens to nature, happens to humans.”Larry Schweiger, retired president of the National Wildlife Federation, said, “What happens to nature, happens to humans.” There are many ways that this is true. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a great example. When we pollute the ocean, the fish have to live in garbage. As the trash builds up, it will eventually wash up on shore and it will be us living in garbage. There are other ways that the garbage from the patch will end up with us. One reason is that, when the fish eat and ingest the garbage, they stay with that garbage inside of them. We often eat seafood, and when we eat that fish we eat plastic. We do not want to live in and eat garbage do we? We should make a change. I believe that Larry was correct when he said, “What happens to nature, happens to humans.”

In this video, the man will give you more background knowledge on the patch.

The lecturer in this video will convince you that the garbage patch is a serious problem.

This video shows the people cleaning up the beach from what the garbage patch has washed ashore.

In this image the different pictures explain that when the fish eat the plastic, we eat it too.

This bird, one of many, will attempt to eat plastic that we created.

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