Ocean pollution is not good for the ecosystem – Lowell Sun

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Ocean pollution is not good for the ecosystem

Once, while on a boat in the ocean, I saw a lot of plastic floating in the water and thought what all the plastic in the ocean was doing to wildlife. I believe that ocean pollution is not good for the ocean ecosystem because it kills marine animals. I also thought it might affect ocean life in a very terrible way, and I also thought what it might do to our food and water. Thinking about that just makes me sad.

According to a story posted on the Pew Charitable Trust website, marine animals are dying from plastic in the ocean. On the website it says sea turtles sometimes eat plastic bags thinking they are jellyfish. It also indicates that some seabirds are often found starved to death with plastic in their stomachs. One final thing the website says is “unless action is taken quickly to address this pressing issue, scientists predict that the weight of ocean plastics will exceed the combined weight of all fish in the seas by 2050” . It’s really sad to hear…

Another reason why ocean pollution is not good is that it can affect ocean life in very negative ways. According to www.plasticsoupfoundation.org, plastic has entered the aquatic food chain. According to the website, if a small fish eats plastic and a bigger fish eats the smaller fish, the big fish is now carrying the plastic that the smaller fish ate. Then it continues until the last fish that has eaten this microplastic is on our plate. If I eat microplastic every time I eat fish, I will never eat fish again.

Ocean pollution can also pollute our food and water. According to How Ocean Pollution Affects Humans – Planet Aid, Inc. ocean pollution can not only affect ocean life, but human life as well. In the article, it is said that chemicals such as petroleum, mercury, lead, pesticides and other metals can be found in the sea foods we eat. It is also stated on the Medical News Today website that the water we drink can be a birthplace for bacteria. After hearing this, I might think twice about grabbing a snack or a drink after a long day at school.

Now that you know about ocean pollution and why it’s bad, you might want to know how to stop it. According to How can you help our ocean? There are many ways to help stop ocean pollution. A few of them are: use less water, reduce pollutants, reduce waste, buy wisely and reduce pollution from vehicles. If you follow these paths, maybe in the future, ocean pollution will be a thing of the past.

–Michael Jones
CM2 student at McKay Arts Academy
Fitchburg

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