Plastic pollution

From the Autumn Mini Messenger by pupils at Oasis Academy Fir Vale

Plastic Pollution feature

Story by Y6 USA.

Innocent sea animals are being killed.

Plastic pollution travels all the way through lakes, streams and rivers demolishing their beautiful habitat. This needs to stop immediately! Almost all the rubbish on land has easily found its way into the ocean through rivers and streams.

Each year, the plastic in the ocean increases by 23% so scientists believe that by the year 2050 there will be more plastic in the world than humans. 18 billion pounds of pieces of plastic end up in the ocean. Plastic is the most common element found in the oceans today; our oceans are dying.

This is a huge problem, as if we kill all the sea creatures, we’ll push species to extinction and lose our food source. Activists say that 10% of animals found in beach clean-ups were trapped in plastic bags and 20% of fish found during a recent expedition had plastic in their stomachs.

Experts believe that 817 species of sea animals are close to extinction due to pollution. Sea birds eat plastic, thinking that it is food. We are polluting the seas. Sea life in our oceans is dying off at alarming rates. Our food chain is being dramatically affected. In order to stop this from happening, we need to take action and reduce the amount of plastic we use.

Together, we can all reduce plastic use and put pressure on our governments to make changes that help reduce ocean pollution.

“We need to recycle all the plastic we can – not just put it in the bin.” – Saleh

“Plastic pollution is killing animals so it must stop immediately!” – Munzir and Rahand

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This page is part of the Burngreave Messenger’s ‘Mini Messenger’. For the the Autumn 2021 issue, it is produced and written by pupils from Oasis Academy Fir Vale.

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