Water would never have thought that the ocean

Water pollution is a problem that affects
all living organism. Every living thing on the earth needs water to survive. When
the water is polluted, it not only affects the plants and animals, but it harms
people. That created the Broward County Waterway Cleanup. The oceans
are a very important part of our environment. About 50-80 percent of all life
on earth is estimated to live in the oceans. The world’s biggest
landfill isn’t on land at all it is in the oceans. The largest problem is most of the trash that has accumulated in the ocean is plastic. It has
been estimated that 90% of all the trash is plastic. The issue with plastic is
that it is not biodegradable, which means it doesn’t break down, so it stays in
the oceans forever. It is unbelievable that 80% of the trash is coming
from land. One of the main causes of the polluted
marines is the wastes and toxins that get thrown into the ocean. Records show
that 850 million meters cubed of liquid and solid wastes have been dumped into
the ocean in the past 85 years.  Not only does our population
toss these solid wastes into the water, but the ocean also deals with the
debris from natural disasters like floods, earthquakes, volcanoes, and fires.
Since the late 1960s, impacts by humanity on the environment, particularly the
degradation of air, water, and soil, have received widespread public attention
and levels of funding to perform scientific studies. Many years
ago people would never have thought that the ocean would ever need saving.
People would wonder how something so big could ever be affected by their own
actions. There are many ways to begin to clean up the oceans. Now let’s talk
about Broward and waterway clean up. 1,629 people volunteered their time to
help clean the beaches in Broward County as part of the 32nd Annual
International Coastal Cleanup. Broward County Environmental Protection and
Growth Management Department staff worked with local municipalities and
collected 8,057 pounds of trash from 13 cleanup site locations. Items collected
ranged from baby toys to biohazardous waste. An estimated 75,750 pieces of
trash were picked up with the number one trash item being small plastic pieces,
over 14,000 pieces collected. This started in 2009 and helped pick up 52
pounds of waste just lying on the beaches. Volunteer coordinator Nancy Craig
said the discarded cigarette butts highlight an important point that one item
may seem insignificant, but if that attitude takes hold, it can lead to a
significant problem. “Today our biggest item was cigarette butts; we have
pounds of them,” Craig said. “You don’t think of cigarette butts as a
big deal, but when you have pounds of them, that’s a lot.” Marine life can
easily be entangled in fishing line, nets, and six-pack rings. Fish, birds and
turtles mistake trash like Styrofoam, plastics, and cigarette butts for food,
which may eventually lead to starvation. Marine debris weakens coastal
economies by sapping dollars from the tourism and seafood industries. Anyway, Broward’s
Cleanup is also part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup,
the world’s largest annual clearing of trash from coastlines and lakes by
volunteers. Hundreds of thousands of people all over the world help each year
to rid the environment of marine debris and collect detailed information on the
types and quantities of refuse. The types and quantities of trash collected are
recorded on data cards and forwarded to the Center for Marine Conservation,
which compiles the information for all of the cleanups held in the country and
around the world. This information helps identify the source of the debris and
focus efforts on eliminating or reducing it. A recent marine debris report
released by the Ocean Conservancy found that general-source marine debris –
trash that comes from both ocean- and land-based activities – increased across
the United States by more than five percent each year. 

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