How Ocean Pollution Affects Us Humans

Posted: May 23 2016, 11:22am CDT | by , Updated: May 23 2016, 11:25am CDT , in Latest Science News


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How Ocean Pollution Affects Us Humans
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Polluting our oceans is going to haunt us humans.

The ocean is one of the most beautiful ecosystems on the planet. It is home to incredible creatures and majestic colors, however everyday this phenomenal environment is under attack from both natural and manmade pollution.

Ocean pollution comes in many shapes and forms, with the largest factor being plastic. Plastic is used in almost everything that we own, from the keyboards on our computers to the wrapping on our food, it is literally at our fingertips all day everyday. If this plastic is not recycled properly, it usually ends up in the ocean. Did you know that over 8 million tons of plastic is deliberately dumped into the ocean every year? It is believed that by the year of 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Plastic is one of the main killers of marine life.

So, what can we do to help with ocean pollution?

Reduce The Amount Of Plastics You Buy

Even the smallest change can make a difference. Limiting the amount of plastic you buy can be tough, however if you buy plastic water bottles, why not try out a reusable one? If you have a dog, and pick up their waste with a standard plastic bag, why not try out biodegradable doggy bags? Avoid using plastic bags when shopping, get yourself a reusable bag, not only will this save you some money, you will also be saving the oceans. Did you know that over 50% of the plastics we buy only get used once and then thrown away?

Watch Your Carbon Footprint

If you leave a light on in your home, make sure to turn it off when you leave the room. If you drive to work everyday, try riding a bicycle once a week. These simple changes can make a huge difference to the environment.

Become Aware Of Ocean Pollution

Becoming aware of the damage we are causing to the ocean is the first step to making a change. Once you are aware of how vital this system is to our existence, you will want to bend over backwards to ensure its protection.

Get Involved

Getting involved in beach clean-ups is a great way to give back to the community and our planet. It is also a way to for you to help and teach others about the ocean and why it is so important to protect it.

Take a look at the infographic below to learn how polluting oceans affects humans.

How ocean pollution affects humans

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