There is an astounding amount of trash in the ocean. National Geographic claims “there are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean” (Nat. Geo, 2019). The trash in the ocean is counted in three ways. The first is through beach surveys. Secondly, computer models are based on samples collected at sea. Thirdly an estimate of the amount of trash entering the ocean. These systems do not account for all the ocean’s trash. Which is even worse because that means there is more than 5.25 trillion. This trash is very bad for the environment. Some issues it causes is it transfers chemical pollutants, and it is a threat to marine life.
There is a patch of garbage called, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch that is a collection of marine debris in the North Pacific ocean. According to National Geographic, “About 54 percent of the debris in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch comes from land-based activities in North America and Asia” (Nat. Geo, 2012). I think that is sickening to even hear about. We are killing our home. This garbage greatly affects marine life and other aspects of the ocean.
One thing we humans need to do is use more biodegradable things so we can help with the trash in the ocean. The reason so much trash accumulates is that most everything is not biodegradable. Another way to help is by not getting your groceries put into plastic bags, the less disposable plastic the better. In conclusion, trash in the ocean is negatively affecting marine life and the way the ocean environment function. It is our responsibility to turn things around and reduce waste in our oceans.