LITTER. By Mariah Weigel, Gali Zaborowski and Nick Cheney . The Problem. Litter is garbage that is lying around in an open place. Over 51 billion pieces of litter land on U.S. roadways each year 9 billion tons of litter gets dumped into the oceans every year
By Mariah Weigel, Gali Zaborowski and Nick Cheney
Improper disposal of waste in the forms of dumps. Not recycling plastics, which stay in the environment. They do not decay and break down. This makes it easier for it to get lost in the ocean. Animals are very likely to get caught in trash, or try to eat it and die, in the case of turtles, who mistake plastic bags for their prey; jellyfish.
If there is no solution to the problem, it will only get worse. More and more trash will pile up, causing more and more dumps to be built. More and more will be
incinerated to save space, which
will release more and more
greenhouse gasses. This will
attribute to global warming,
and will only become worse
If the litter gets into the water, it can clog up the water flow by gathering at the narrow parts and sticking there, or ensnare animals like this duck and seal. This can harm the animals involved by choking them
Litter is not the only problem humans are creating. We have been polluting the air, using up natural resources, and cutting down all the forests. We need to stop before we destroy the only world we have.
This impacts natural cycles by stopping flow of water, which can have a similar effect to damming a river. Species will be displaced and others will be denied food, now that their food can no longer flow through the river.
If the litter is something like rotten food, which is still full of nutrients, it can cause algal bloom. This stops water animals from getting light.