According to the article, “An Ocean Of Trash” by Scholastic Action, each year 1 million birds die because of plastic bags. We also learned that many other animals are in danger because of plastic bags including dolphins, turtles, stingrays, sharks, and jellyfish. Experts also said that the Pacific Ocean holds more than 3.5 million tons of trash. This shows how much people litter each year and why animals are in danger because of the amount of garbage in the ocean. Some of the garbage properly disposed in landfills even ends up in the ocean! We need to reduce, reuse, and recycle to help fight this problem.
However, some people don't even think about how much waste they create; others believe that if they litter it won't affect the environment. People think that one piece won't hurt, but in the long run every time someone throws a piece of garbage on the ground it all adds up and eventually becomes a bigger problem. Which then causes the ocean to be a dangerous place for animals.
According to Newsela.com, “Turtles are eating plastic bags because they think they’re jellyfish and other floating animals. Turtles can be killed directly by ingesting plastics, the plastics can cut through and blocking their intestines, which will not allow the turtles to digest any amount of food.” This shows that animals are affected by garbage and so are we. We are affected by the garbage, because when animals die in the ocean it affects the marine food chain and we won't have a big enough food supply for years to come.
How can you help? Well you can help by cleaning up your environment and changing the way you shop by using biodegradable bags. We learned from postconsumers.com that it can take from 450 - 1000 years for plastic bags to decompose. That’s why we all must mobilize together to make this world a cleaner place.