Plastic Pollution

Plastic Pollution

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  • Oh hey. Didn't see you there. 
  • Oh, you want to know about water pollution huh? Alright well lets go.
  • Here's one of the worst culprits of water pollution, plastic. 
  • The plastic pollution and the water pollution of the ocean has lead to many negative consequences like the killing of whales and marine life.
  • There are many issues that plague water quality and the life of those that live in bodies of water, and in this storyboard I will highlight the issues and some possible sollutions to those issues!
  • It's not all bad though, there is still hope for there to be sollutions for all of these problems.
  • Like plastic eating bacteria which, as the name implies, are bacteria that were made for the sole purpose of consuming and reducing plastic and its waste that it causes.
  • Every year, around 8 million metric tons of plastic waste is thrown into the ocean. This contributes to the already massive ammount of plastic in the ocean, currently estimated to be around 18 billion metric tons of plastic waste in the ocean in total. There are many  plastic patches in the ocean currently, there's even one in the pacific ocean that is the same size as that of Texas!
  • Also, there is a recent invention called the SeaBin, which stays by docks and collects the pollution in the water near the docks and collects in in a reciptical, and filters out the water taking only the trash.
  • Many marines animals suffer drastically from the pollution in the water.  Around the world, an estimated one million birds and 100,000 marine mammals and sea turtles die each year when they become trapped in plastic or eat it, perhaps mistaking it for a tasty treat. It is one of biggest threats to all whales and dolphins occurring throughout the world's oceans.
  • If we stop our pollution and destruction of our planet we can have more beautiful landscapes that are free of plastic and have clean water, that are more viable for marine life and plant life.
  • Researchers discovered a strand of bacteria that's evolved to eat a particular type of plastic called polyethylene terephthalate, commonly known as PET or PETE. With the large increase in plastic research and production of newer, more resistant plastics, there is the chance of there being plastics even more deadly than we have today. 
  • Seabin is a floating rubbish bin that collects garbage from the sea. It's designed to be near ports, marinas, and yacht clubs. Rubbish and debris are brought into the bin thanks to a pump which creates a flow of water. They are then collected in a catch bag. Although this is not very mainstream yet, in large numbers it can greatly reduce plastic.
  • Plastics have become such an essential part of our lives that it is almost impossible not to be in arms-length of a plastic made object at any given time. The reason we love plastics so much is for its durability. But that durability coupled with the way we dispose of it, is also what potentially makes it our worst enemy. If we did not have them our lives and planet, might be much better than they are now.
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