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  1. Tess 2 weeks ago

    Hi Darrtell, I think you’ve chosen a very intriguing topic for your research paper that is currently being explored by so many other scientists and environmental activists around the world. I agree that humans are the cause for the increasing amount of trash and environmental decay happening around the world. I think this could be really compelling if you found statistics that showed how pressing of a matter this is compared to something like the deforestation of the Amazon or the increasing amounts of CO2 emissions and the effect it has on the atmosphere. I think for this to be compelling and for your solution to be seen as urgent you need to prove why it is so important compared to all of the other things happening in todays world. I think technology is improving and we have so many other resources available to help fix this growing problem. This isn’t just affecting the sea life but it has a direct impact on you and I. The fish we consume may be eating our waste which we then consume too, and at the rate we are polluting and the rate we are consuming we may lose our marine resources altogether. Here are some links that I think could help your argument:

    http://www.unesco.org/new/en/natural-sciences/ioc-oceans/focus-areas/rio-20-ocean/blueprint-for-the-future-we-want/marine-pollution/facts-and-figures-on-marine-pollution/

    https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/pollution.html

    I hope this helps,

    Tess

  2. Anna 2 weeks ago

    Hi Dartell, I agree with you that humans are the reason that the ocean is filled with waste and that it’s extremely detrimental to the organisms, big and small, who inhabit the ocean. You might want to cover how trash is harming marine life, and why it is a problem that needs addressing. Also, focusing on a section of the ocean that is very polluted, and the effects it has on the marine life and the community, would make the project much easier for you than it would be if you focused on the ocean in general. I found an article about the most polluted seas in the world, http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/world-oceans-day-2014-worlds-most-polluted-seas-revealed-1451638. As far as solutions go, do you want to focus on the easiest ways to solve the problem, the most inexpensive, or a solution that every one can take part in? I found an article from national geographic which I think will help you identify causes, effects, and solutions towards the problem of marine pollution, http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/04/140414-ocean-garbage-patch-plastic-pacific-debris/ and another article advocating that the most effective way to stop pollution in the collection is preventing it from reaching the ocean, https://psmag.com/environment/a-better-way-to-clean-up-ocean-plastics. I hope that this helps you, I can’t wait to read more about your project!

  3. Beth 2 weeks ago

    Darrtell, I think this is a great topic! Our oceans are being contaminated with human waste, and this is extremely harmful to the marine life. I find this unacceptable, and I agree that we need to make a change. I found these two articles: http://www.onegreenplanet.org/environment/great-pacific-garbage-patch-is-destroying-the-oceans/ and http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/plastic-trash-animals-photos_us_58ee9ec1e4b0b9e984891ddf to help expand your research. The first explains what the garbage patches are doing to the marine life, and the second has many photos of animals harmed by the trash. There are very powerful visuals on this topic (such as the pictures of the animals) that you can use to draw people in and strengthen your argument. Everyone should be educated about this because it involves all people, and therefore we can all make a change. I’m interested about your further research!

  4. Oliver 3 weeks ago

    Darrtell!!! I am very intrigued by this topic and think it is a very major concern along with deforestation that is hurting this planet and killing amazing animals that should not be harmed. I am a very avid scuba diver, and while looking at coral reefs I was able to see where humans impacted the area, the reefs were thriving a few decades ago, but humans destroyed it with tourism and dumping trash into the ocean. This is a really important topic because the ocean provides so much for us including food, transportation routes, entertainment, and more, but sadly us humans are over using the ocean for its resources and not treating it with respect. I have a great resource and organization (http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/oceans/preventing-pollution/) you can use to help you with your passion to stop this. I can’t wait to see what you can do to help this cause.
    Sincerely,
    Oliver Oelsner

  5. Sara 3 weeks ago

    Darrtell,
    This is such an important subject, that is certainly not talked about enough. It is something that could drastically change our oceans and their ecology. I was interested in this subject because I think that there is so much about our oceans that we don’t know, and if we continue to treat it in the way we have been, and never will. There are also a lot of people who don’t understand the way that trash is affecting the ocean, and I think it should be something that we all have, at least, a basic understanding of. An article from National Geographic, https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/great-pacific-garbage-patch/, talks a bit about the Great Garbage Patches. These are clusters of garbage that are accumulated in the oceans. Another article I found talks about some ways we can help prevent ocean pollution, http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/oceans/preventing-pollution/. Thank you for taking an interest in this topic, and caring about the ocean. I hope to hear more about it.

  6. Mary 3 weeks ago

    Hi Darrtell! I completely agree that we need to take action to improve the oceans’ cleanliness and prevention for further contamination. This can be related to recycling because this lessens the amount of trash produced. I think this article will be useful in your research, https://www.nrdc.org/stories/10-ways-reduce-plastic-pollution because it talk about ways to limit your plastic usage. This other article about sources of ocean contamination may also be useful,http://www.noaa.gov/resource-collections/ocean-pollution. I look forward to reading your research as it progresses.

  7. Zachary 3 weeks ago

    Darrtell, this is a great topic to do your research project on. This a huge problem in our world and it is not talked about enough and we need to change that. I believe that as humans we need to be more responsible in the way that we take care of our trash and find ways to clean the trash and make sure that it does not end up there in the first place. I am excited to see what you find out throughout this project and I will be waiting to see your results.
    Good luck,
    Zach

  8. Cheryl 3 weeks ago

    Hi Darrtell! I love you topic. I’m really interested in this because I find the health and safety of our world so important. We need our oceans and with people throwing trash into them and being careless about the wildlife that inhabits them, we are killing something vital to our universe. It’s crazy to think that if we keep going in this direction our oceans will eventually be covered in trash. Do you know any ways people are trying to help this? I’ve seen things on the news of people helping clean beaches and trying to recycle their trash. I found this link on how much trash is actually in the ocean as of today and it questions whether or not we can fix it http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2015/01/150109-oceans-plastic-sea-trash-science-marine-debris/. I’m really happy you are doing your research project on this because it’s such an important and pressing topic today. I hope you can make a stand and help!

  9. Whitlee 3 weeks ago

    This topic needs to be talked about more. It’s not given very much attention, and we don’t educate about it either. Did you know there’s a beach in New York nicknamed Bottle Beach covered in trash and broken glass? People actually act like it’s cool. Yes, it’s interesting and strange, but it shouldn’t be left like that! (http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/dead-horse-bay) “Other forms of pollution impacting the health of the ocean come from a single known sources like an oil spill or from accumulation of many dispersed sources like fertilizer from our yards.” (http://www.noaa.gov/resource-collections/ocean-pollution) We’re also hurting marine life. “Marine debris injures and kills marine life, interferes with navigation safety, and poses a threat to human health. Our oceans and waterways are polluted with a wide variety of marine debris ranging from soda cans and plastic bags to derelict fishing gear and abandoned vessels.” (same source) I would love to know your research on this, and a further on your thoughts.

  10. Catherine 3 weeks ago

    Darrtell, I love this topic because I love the oceans myself. This summer I went on a service trip with a primary emphasis on ocean conservation, so I got to learn a lot of things about what we can do to help our oceans, and the damage that we as people have actually been causing. One of the worst things we can do for the ocean is, as a whole population, continue to use plastic the way we’re using it now. In places, up to 80% of recycling, primarily plastic, doesn’t actually get recycled. By 2050, there is going to be more plastic in the ocean than there are fish, which is a disturbing thought. This is a link to a foundation called The Lonely Whale Foundation, which is campaigning against the use of straws and giving some statistics about plastic in the ocean, which I hope you can find useful in your project https://www.lonelywhale.org/home-1. I love the ocean, and I’m interested in seeing where you go with this in the future.

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