Working To Reduce Marine Pollution

Superior Essays
Meghan Hahn
Mr. Polk
Honors English 10
16 December 2014
Working to Reduce Marine Pollution “You wouldn 't think you could kill an ocean, would you? But we 'll do it one day. That 's how negligent we are” Ian Rankin once wrote in his book Blood Hunt. All the time people neglect the ocean without even thinking about it and this must change for the good of people as well as plants, animals, and the environment. Marine pollution is a global problem and people contribute very much to the matter. Since the effects of pollution are so great, people must come together to agree upon what to do regarding this issue. While there are currently various laws and efforts in place to reduce marine pollution, people must continue to work in order to make a
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Humans greatly contribute to marine pollution. Actually, an estimated eighty percent of all marine pollution originates on land (“Our Oceans”). Objects like plastic bottles and bags, food containers and wrappers, and other human trash is commonly found polluting the ocean, all of which comes from people’s carelessness and littering. Industrial contaminants such as cleaning, gardening, and automotive products also often end up in waterways, polluting the water. Some laws intend to prohibit dumping garbage in waters, transporting objects in America that are going to be dumped in waters, and other acts that may lead to polluting the ocean, such as the Marine Protection Research and Sanctuaries Act and Marine Plastics Pollution Research and Control Act (“Marine Pollution”). While laws like these are helpful in avoiding human litter going into the waters, the problem is that they are only effective in the United States of America. Nations all over the world must communicate with each other to coordinate laws and make them more powerful and …show more content…
Reducing the amount of sewage, petroleum, nutrient, and pesticide pollution are common approaches used to decrease marine pollution overall. By upgrading outdated sewage plants, people can avoid the spilling of it’s contents into waterways. Also, people should be controlling the amount of oil spills and occurrences that petroleum gets into water from other sources. Nutrient and pesticide pollution could be lessened by reducing runoff, or draining away of water, of fertilizer and pesticides. All of these ideas could be put into use if people would attempt to formulate laws banning these kinds of pollution. People have come up with many ideas and techniques to prevent marine pollution and help clean it up. Also, the jellyfish filtration system is a treatment technology that works to keep harmful chemicals from entering lake, oceans, and rivers through storm water (“Marine Technology”). People’s ideas and efforts matter and can really make a difference in the reduction of pollution, they simply must take it a step further.
Marine pollution is a global issue that must be acknowledged and acted upon. Pollution in the ocean affects animals, the environment, and people greatly. Therefore people must take the responsibility to make a change by making laws, using new technology, and coming up with more ideas to decrease the amount of pollution that gets into the oceans. Overall, marine

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