Oceans full of plastic: Is plastic the problem, rather than human behavior?

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  • Life in the oceans is changing because of all the garbage in it.

    Animals are suffering from garbage that they find in the ocean. Some get plastic rings from six-pack containers around their necks and it chokes them. Coral reefs are being damaged from garbage that sinks down to the ocean floor. We need to take care of our oceans since they are so valuable to us.

  • Being aware is the solution

    Over a few decades, humans have managed to dump tons upon tons of garbage into the ocean. Of the most devastating elements of this pollution is that plastics takes thousands of years to decay. As a result, fish and wildlife are becoming intoxicated. Consequently the toxins from the plastics have entered the food chain, threatening human health. In the most polluted places in the ocean, the mass of plastic exceeds the amount of plankton six times over. This is a large piece of evidence that leaves the problem of polluted oceans undeniable. It is upsetting that more of cleanup effort is not taking place.

  • Humans mistreat the planet

    Due to either a lack of understanding, or a lack of caring, many humans mistread the planet we live in. We certainly cannot blame plastic for being non recyclable - after all, who made plastic? If humans used plastic more carefully and did not dispose of things like carrier bags after only one use, there would be far less of an issue.

  • Human behavior is the reason our oceans are full of plastic

    Plastic is a non-biodegradable man-made material that is constantly finding its way into our oceans and jeopardizing the health of animals. Plastic itself isn't the issue; it does not just jump into the ocean on its own. Careless and lazy humans are the cause of plastic materials in the ocean. Littering and overflowing landfills are major contributors to plastic in the ocean.

  • We just need to not be wasteful.

    No, plastic is not the problem, rather than human behavior, because plastic does not end up in the ocean simply because people have it. Plastic ends up in the ocean because people are careless. We need to teach people that it is not good to throw plastic on the ground where it can end up in the ocean. This is our fault, not plastic's fault.

  • We are the ones who cause the plastic

    Plastic is a big problem in today's world - it is scattered throughout the oceans, threatening aquatic environments. However, we are the ones who are causing the plastic to end up there. Rather than recycling, we are sending things to landfill or throwing them into natural environments. If we simply recycled plastic, it would not be in the sea and could be used to make many useful products.

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