We have to take responsibility

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: February 26, 2019

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It's been estimated that in 2050, there will be more plastic in the oceans, than fish. About 8 million tons of plastic ends up in the oceans each year. To put that in perspective, that's the weight of about 22 Empire State Buildngs. If all the humans on Earth weighted 70 kilograms, that amount of plastic woud be the same as over 100 million humans. That's the equivalent of dumping the population of the Philippines into the ocean every year. 

Plastic is quite cheap and easy to produce, and that's both a blessing and a curse. About one third of the plastic we use, is polyethylene. It's not biodegradable, and therefore one of the most common pollutants in the oceans. There are some bacteria that can degrade polyethylene, but it's a slow process, and with the amount of plastic, the few organisms that can use plastic as their source of energy, it's not enough.

Humans are responsible for the plastic pollution, and we need to take responsibility for it. We are dependent on nature, no matter how much we hate to admit it. We get most of our food and materials from nature, and we wouldn't be alive if we didn't have plants and syanobacteria to provide us with oxygen and energy. As most of the Earth is covered in oceans, they are also something we should protect. Oceans are one of the largest carbon sinks along with rainforests. Many people rely on fishing as their soure of income. Plastic unfortunately ruins a lot of the biodivercity in oceans, as it kills marine life from whales to seaweeds. 

There are many ways to cut down on plastic waste in your everyday life. Instead of drinking your soda with a straw, just drink it from the cup. Instead of packing your groceries in plastic bags, use a bag made out of fabric. Instead of buying a bottle of water every day, fill a bottle with tap water if it's safe to drink. Also, recycle your bottles. I personally don't recycle most of my plastic, even though I probably should, but I recycle all my bottles, both plastic and glass, and also cans. This is because I get money for them. I have no idea if other countries have similar things, but in Finland you get between 10 to 50 cents for every bottle or can you recycle. It's a collateral that you pay when you buy the product and you get it back once you return it. It's not much but after a party with a lof of people, you can easily get over 20 euros just for the recycled bottles and cans. 

Unfortunately, places like Europe and America aren't the probelm here. We know that plastic pollution is a problem and act on it. It's usually the developing countries that use the most plastic, and often end up throwing it away on the sidewalk. Those countries rarely prioritze recycling their waste and it ends up in the oceans. It's obvious that the closer you live to the shoreline, the more likely your trash ends up in the water. However, a large amount of plastic finds its way through the rivers from inland and end up in the oceans. Therefore, we're all to blame fo this problem and it's our job to make sure the world is livable in the future; both for us humans and all other life forms.


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