Ocean Pollution

Daniel Bojorquez, Contributor

Ocean pollution is widespread , worsening, and poses a clear and present danger to human health and well-being. Plastic waste is the most visible component of ocean pollution. It is a complex mixture of a lot of things such as toxic metals, plastics, manufactured chemicals and sewage. Most of the plastic trash in the oceans, Earth’s last sink, flows from land. Trash is also carried to sea by major rivers, which act as conveyor belts, picking up more and more trash as they move downstream. Plastics have been consumed by land-based animals, including elephants, hyenas, zebras, tigers, camels, cattle, and other large mammals, in some cases causing death. Health impacts of ocean pollution fall disproportionately on indigenous peoples, coastal communities and vulnerable populations. In conclusion, the ocean can be controlled by people reducing their own use of single-use plastics. Single-use plastics include plastic bags, water bottles, straws, cups, utensils, dry cleaning bags, take-out containers, and any other plastic items that are used once and then discarded.