2018
Ocean Pollution

JSJ

Abbotsford Middle School
  • Grade 7
Photo Essay (3–10 images)

Community Coach(es): 

Northeast Bottle Depot Ltd

Would you like to upload a supporting PDF?: 

Yes

We created a website as well, but due to our school account, we were unable to send the website. This is our link to see some of the website pictures:  https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1yOyQ2qg7r4M8mn_9f8_Arw6LbodEMTaE?usp=sharing​  

 

 We’ve decided to do our B.C Green Games project on Plastic Pollution and how it affects the marine wildlife. We have decided to pick this topic because my group has noticed the amount of plastic that is thrown into the ocean each year. We have also noticed that the plastic that is thrown into the ocean is heavily affecting the marine wildlife, for example, the Sea Turtles are becoming more and more extinct because of the plastic. Sea Turtles get stuck and sometimes mistaken the plastic for food. Other animals that are affecting by Plastic Pollution are: Dolphins, Sea Birds, and the Sea lions are becoming extinct due to Plastic Pollution. We like these animals and don’t want them to soon be extinct or endangered. We’ve decided to raise awareness for these endangered animals and Plastic Pollution in the ocean itself. Although we are focusing on Plastic Pollution in Marine Wildlife, other living things are affected by Plastic Pollution that includes, plants, animals, and the world. If we don’t recycle soon the world will just be a big pile of dirty plastic covering the oceans and soon the landfill, in fact, eight million metric tons of plastic ended up in landfills around the world. Humans are also affected by a large amount of plastic. If you consume plastic it is really bad for you and can severely hurt you, like how the animals sometimes mistook the plastic for food and consume the plastic. They then later get sick and these animals end up getting diseases and cannot live healthy and normal lives. If no one starts speaking up to the dangers of Plastic Pollution, what will happen to our Marine Wildlife? The oceans would be filled with plastic that we humans get even go to the beach anymore. Would the rivers get blocked up too? If people keep throwing away plastic and not recycling the world can be completely covered by plastic in the near future.  My B.C Green Games group decided to start our project on Plastic Pollution on February 10th and we decided to finish our B.C Green Games project by February 26th. We were planning to have a campaign project. We decided to do a campaign project to help inform others about Plastic Pollution and the dangers of Plastic. Our group didn’t need many materials but we needed poster paper to make a poster on Plastic Pollution and more information about the Marine Wildlife and the struggles of the animals in the ocean because of the ocean. We want to make three posters to put around the school. One big poster to stick on the Grade 7 hallway, a smaller poster near the foyer and near the gym. Once we have finished the posters we have also decided to recycle plastic bottles that we see around our houses and while walking home. Once we have finished all the recycling we want to add up all the amounts of plastic bottles that we recycled together, and hopefully, it is a high number, so we can figure out a close amount of plastic bottles that an average family recycles a month. We also hope that the posters will encourage the other students to remember to recycle and not waste plastic. On Friday 23 we are planning to visit one of the local bottle depots and ask the workers some questions and ask them what they do to the plastic and how it can help the environment by recycling.

 

        For my action plan, I was able to accomplish our website about plastic pollution and how it affects the ocean, and do the editing that was needed for the site. We were able to make all of the posters for our project. We were able to do recycling after school and go to the bottle depot to return them. The most interesting thing that we learned about, recycling bottles to save the ocean, was that it takes about 500-1000 years for plastic to disappear, and even in that time, it still isn’t gone completely. We were shocked to hear this because there could be pieces of plastic lying in the ocean from the 1900’s. Also, when we leave garbage on the ground it could still there 50 years later. The most difficult thing that we came across was, coming up with my information. It was tricky finding the right sources that didn’t have such complicated explanations, and definitions for “pollution” and “ocean pollution”. We did manage to find some sources and videos that weren't too long or complicated.