China's Waters Be the Change


Yes we hear about pollution all the time and it can seem over used but this can be a serious problem. In china the pollution is so terrible that can not only effect wildlife but it can effect the population too.

The Main Problem

Wildlife is the first thing effected when we pollute our water ways. They can be caught in fishing equipment, sewer run off, and trash.

Netting kills nearly 1,000 animals a DAY from unsafe or undamaged fishnets from commercial fishers

This pollution takes time to decay and when it does it releases deadly toxins that disrupt our marine ecosystem. It can take a plastic bottle nearly 400 years before it will start to decompose and it can take a normal aluminum soda can 200 years to begin the decomposition process.

As a direct result our wildlife dies or gets poisoning from substeses that where broken down in the decay like murcrey.

But not only does this disruption effect marine life it effects us. China has a big fish driving economy with than 400,000 people working. These people are mainly women and kids who are trying to support there families but in the process the conditions they are exposed to are deadly. Not to mention if the marine life in the local fishing locations continues to decline these hard working people will be out of a job.

This is not just a marine life issue it effects peoples health as a whole.

Less than one gram of mercury can kill a person. Think, 48 ton of mercy is produced from coal and oil production every year and this is being dumped into the ocean. There are two ways this pollution can be transferred to people. They can ingest it through fish or it can become a vapor and be breathed in. The symptoms of such poising can be memory loss, brain damage, agressive behavior, skin discoloration, and bumps appearing on the skin.

The picture on the right is a picture of a brain that has been affected by mercery from fish and air pollution.

Whats the solution?

There is a micro bacteria such as, Ideonella sakaiensis/Pseudomonas and Sphingomonas, that eats away pollution and if we can learn to make enough of it in large amounts we might be able to speed up the decomposition process that occurs. Additionaly we could put programs into schools teaching children the importance of keeping our waters clean for the future generations. They would learn how to reduce there environmental footprint, how to sanitize fish properly, and hopefully develop an interest in this field and devote there life to cleaning the oceans.




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