Here is the second column from our new column “Young Reporters take the Reins” brought to you by Year 4 student, Lorelei Pawsey who is passionate about helping improve our environment.
10 million tonnes of plastic enters the ocean every year and only 2% of it gets recycled. It washes off city streets and into storm drains, blows from dumps, and floats in a river’s current. Marine debris is also known as marine litter. A big part of ocean debris is plastic. Plastic won’t fully break down. It can only reduce to little pieces that are called micro-plastics which harm sea animals. Sea animals choke on the micro-plastics and die. In 2050, it is believed that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish, so we need to do something about it now!
Luckily, there are many ways that we can help. We can help by recycling, picking up rubbish and putting it in the correct bin, using beeswax wraps instead of cling wrap, bringing bags to the grocery store and recycling soft plastics. My family and I want to be more sustainable, and by doing all of these things, I will also be raising awareness in my neighbourhood to ‘reduce, reuse and recycle.’ This will help by reducing plastic and waste so our ocean can be cleaner.
I am going to go back to the way things were in the beginning. No plastic; only recyclable material.
I’m being a steward of creation by not drowning the earth in plastic. I’m going to start using biodegradable products that breakdown into soil. Why don’t you join me?
We only have one earth with its beautiful oceans. Let’s do better and keep her clean.