An Open Letter to Anonymous — From a Concerned Activist

Remember me talking about a Oceanography class? I knew this important information before taking this class, but it has reminded me that there is an issue going on in the oceans that interferes with many activities that society has enjoyed for many years. You and I both know an activity that we enjoy like walking on the beach, swimming in it, and having fun. Have you notice something different every time we go to a beach. Always something in the water and on the beach that shouldn’t be there? Something not natural that does not belong in the ocean? That something is called pollution.

Humans have impacted the ocean negatively. The most common waste products that make the marine pollution are oil spills, solid waste dumping, sewage effluent, toxins, and plastic items.

In the late 1900s there were more oil spills due to the lack of laws that protected the oceans like the federal Clean Water Act. Even so, when an oil spill does happen, it is a disaster for everyone. Solid waste dumping is how 25% percent of the world uses to get rid of any kind of material. Do you remember when we went to clean up the Santa Monica beach and we found a variety of trash, like cigarette butts. Sewage effluent is from our sewers systems in homes. All the waste that come from our pipes of our homes lead to the oceans; especially when it rains. This contributes to the toxins that come from the sewage system.

Mercury is a long lived problem that has gone into the sediments. Even though the number has decreased for other types of elements, mercury is a current problem. Mercury contents are increased when an animal eats another animals with mercury. Bigger animals that are on the top food chain are the ones with most mercury stored in them. This is a problem when it comes to our food. Animals like tuna and trout are food we have to be careful eating because they may have mercury stored in their body.

Common solid waste is plastic trash. Since plastic is cheap and many products use it they will go to the trash the most. Animals are crippled and confused to eating plastic. Sea turtles have been found with plastic bags in their stomachs because it has the same feature as their diet. Most of these waste products when thrown away are thought to never come back. This isn’t the case for our oceans.

Gyres are tidal waves that are continually rotating certain parts of the ocean. These swirl all the trash in the water and makes them into piles. These are called garbage patches, and a alarming sign of where our pollutants really go. Imagine a giant island that is made out of our own waste products. It is disgusting to think we let this become a reality. Would you like our beaches in which we walk to have fun be filled with plastic cups, cigarettes butts, boxes and food waste. Of course you wouldn’t! Sadly it is a reality! We need to rethink our situations, because it will only become worse if we don’t do anything.

You and I are not the only people in the world who love the ocean. I am sure others love going to the beach to have fun too. That is why you and I can help out by spreading the word. This Oceanography class has reminded me just how important our oceans our. Providing us with good fun, good food, good resources, and a good environment. Why should we treat it as if it weren’t important. The spread of word helps out; if I tell you about these alarming facts, and you tell a couple more friends and so on, people will have something to think about and act on it. It is worth it to put a can in the recycling bin, to dispose of contents properly, to throw trash away in a trash can instead of the ground. I cut up plastic can rings so they do not harm any animals after being thrown away.

Cutting up the plastic rings that comes with soda cans takes up to a few seconds. Doing so prevents animals from eating, getting warped body shapes from them, and the ocean cleaner.

Simple environmental advices and changes can mean a lot if more people do it. That is what the spread of word will do. Send a message, make a status, start a conversation with it, send a letter or however you like to. This is my letter to you saying to rethink your trash before it is too late. Don’t contribute to the marine pollution, our ocean is far more deserving than how we are treating it.

Many hands make light work!

Find a local beach clean up! Join it with friends and family! Many hands make light work!

Helpful resources :

A simple google of “beach cleanups”, “volunteering”, and other related searches goes a long way!