We are rapidly digging our grave. Such a statement may seem quite exaggerated, and I wish it was. The truth is however; we are approaching humanity’s downfall. This photo, taken at Cushendall beach, reveals one of many plastics that contaminate it. They burrow in the sand and swim in the waves. Around 100,000 marine creatures die each year from plastic entanglement. Plastic can take from 20 to 1000 years to break down, and when it finally does it is in the form toxic chemicals which will continue their path of destruction.
We are fortunate enough to go to a school in a beautiful location- beside the beach. To ensure it stays beautiful, our school’s eco club intend on making a monthly trip to our local beach where we will pick up litter. However, to truly fight this ever-growing problem we need to continue to spread awareness of its affects.
By Shannon McKeown and Leja Voroblevaite
St Killian’s College, Garron Tower