The Plastic Plague

Justin Bifolco, Editor

Approximately seventy- one percent of Earth is made up of water. More specifically, about ninety- six percent of Earth’s water is made up of oceans. This means we should take care of our oceans in order to keep our planet clean. Unfortunately, our oceans are becoming more and more polluted with plastic and other sorts of materials from us humans. We need to start putting our garbage, especially plastic, in garbage cans instead of polluting our oceans.

Our oceans are estimated to have about 27,300 to 32,000 species of fish in them, so when we carelessly throw our garbage into the oceans, their lives are at risk. According to, scientists, through careful experimentation and calculations, have found out that “about four to twelve million tons or plastic has been washed offshore in 2010 alone.” This brief fact quoted from the article is quite stupefying as it is a very high number in only a one year time period. It is also quite astonishing to know that this number is said to be increasing to the point where scientists say this number of four to twelve million is expected to double within the next ten years. One thing we must realize is that we have not even explored five percent of the ocean to date. This means it is almost guaranteed that there are many other species in the ocean that have not yet been discovered. If we keep carelessly throwing plastic into the ocean we may eliminate the chance to ever see these species alive. Worst of all is The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is known as the “hotspot of marine waste” according to A group of divers that dove into the ocean there, had described it as a plane crash. It is estimated that by the year 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean.

All in all, we need to be more conscientious about what we throw out and where we throw it out. We need to start putting all trash into garbage cans and put an end to using oceans as trash cans. After all, we need to take care of our planet because we live on it and future generations will thank us for keeping the planet clean.