The following is a news piece on Plastic Pollution written by James McNeill, 9SL on behalf of the Eco Club. The Eco club has made it their focus this month to learn and educate others about plastic pollution. They believe that the St Killian’s community could take small steps towards a big change with regard to minimising our plastic use and waste.
Will you help stop the modern era of disposable plastics? We all have seen the damage that plastic bottles have inflicted on our countryside, coast and social places but what can we do to end this unsightly eyesore?
We as a community must galvanise to unite against the barrage of plastics we face every single day. We must act now as with every second that passes, even now, more and more plastics are being pumped out, briefly used and then abandoned by companies, corporations and the public into our fragile environment and eco system.
We can all lend a hand in our communities, school and villages to combat the tyrannical reign of disposable plastics by…
…going on litter picks and experiencing the problem first hand
… stemming your consumption of plastic use.
… replacing plastic with alternatives such as paper.
… switching from disposable plastic bottles to reusable.
…recycling plastic bottles.
…reducing St Killian’s plastic bottle consumption by 80% if every student used only one disposable bottle per week.
This goes far beyond the fact that plastic is an unpleasant sight. Every year over one million seabirds and one hundred thousand marine mammals meet an untimely and preventable death due to our impact upon the ocean’s health and wellbeing. We must also take into account that recycling, although effective, is a costly process and it does not stem the flow of plastic production. Plastic contaminates the food chain and can brutally murder down the line, even after being consumed by a smaller animals and fish, plastic can also be found in our own bloodstream, and even that of new born babies.
We must stop the expansion of this plastic bubble which is growing at a catastrophic rate as every piece of plastic ever made is still ere earth, even when it is incinerated it becomes even more toxic. This is a substance that the earth cannot digest, if I left a plastic bag in a tree and it was not moved, it would still be there when my great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandchild walks the earth.
James McNeill, 9SL