Week 5 – Earth Day

Plastic Pollution

Plastic Pollution is something that has affected our Earth in many different ways.

Ways that plastic affects our Earth:

  • Chemicals – Chlorinated plastic can give off chemicals that eventually sink into the ground and sometimes into water sources. Animals or humans that drink from these sources (groundwater, rivers, lakes, etc.) can be very harmed by these chemicals.
  • Ocean – When plastic is dumped in the ocean, it can have a huge impact on the sea creatures living there. This plastic is sometimes ingested by sea creatures, and can even suffocate them, which can lead to the death of many fish, sharks, etc.


  • Since the 1950s, about 18.2 trillion pounds of plastic has been produced.
  • About 14 billion pounds of plastic are dumped in the ocean each year.
  • It is projected that by 2050, 99% of sea birds will have consumed plastic.

What you can do to help

  • The 3 Rs – Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. For example, you could go shopping, and get a few plastic bags, then reuse them a few times, then recycle them.
  • Make sure you put all recyclables in the recycling can, and all trash products in the trash can.

Trash vs. Recycle: Do You Know When to Trash it? - American ...

Where I got these facts from

  • https://americanlifestylemag.com/life-culture/health/trash-vs-recycle-do-you-know-when-to-trash-it/
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/plastic-how-planet-earth-environment-oceans-wildlife-recycling-landfill-artificial-a7972226.html
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plastic_pollution

4 thoughts on “Week 5 – Earth Day

  1. Hi Marco —
    Very nice job on your post! It is very professional looking, and could easily be adapted as a radio or tv public service announcement. I also like that you listed your references in case I want more information. It’s scary to think that by 2050, 99% of sea birds will have consumed plastic. Did you see where shoe manufacturers are using recycled plastic to make shoes? I think that’s a GREAT idea, and a good start to the reduce, reuse, and recycle strategy. I hope you are enjoying the blogging challenge. Keep up the good work!
    Teri #stubc commentor

    • @Teri,
      Thanks so much for the compliments. I agree that some of it is scary, but we still can stop it from happening if we reuse reduce and recycle. I did not see that they are using plastic to make shoes, but that is awesome.

      Thanks so much for the comment,

  2. Hi Marco,
    I like the sign about keeping the Earth safe.
    I love Harry Potter I have read all the books and watched all the movies
    from Amelia

    • Amelia,
      Thanks so much for the compliments. I actually also have read some of the Harry Potter books. Which one is your favorite?
      Thanks again,

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