droplets called ‘chocolate mousse’ for decomposed seaweed” (Jernelöv). The fact that these organisms are already an endangered species, shines a light on the fact that humans are only making this issue more detrimental as more sea turtles are dying due to the ingestion of large amounts oil that should not be there in the first place. This also highlights an important issue that
these animals are not accustomed to these foreign substances. Oil spills, or any pollutants for that matter, should not be in oceans in the first place. The home of billions of animals is carelessly treated as a dump. No one wants their own home to be treated like a dump disposal site, yet the home of marine fauna are forced to live in it. The oceans cover 71% of earth (Pearlman), the only planet that people live on, and still to this day so much of it remains unexplored or classified. It is filled with the giant mysteries of beauty and life, where it is home to more animals than there are on land. Thus, as people we should all be doing everything in our power to protect and conserve the ocean waters, as we use it as a means of exploration, leisure, and food source. We are negligently altering the ocean waters without considering any repercussions, and this needs to be changed. Collectively, we take the environment for granted. As we continued to evolve our society, the amount of pollutants that we produced rose dramatically. We were and still are consuming more and more of Earth’s naturally provided resources than they are being replenished. In order to improve the current state of the oceans and prevent them from degrading further, we must invest our time and efforts in reducing our contributions to the pollutants we add into waters. Our current actions depict and intensify as to how the state of the ocean waters will be years down the line. Therefore it is necessary to become more self-aware of our own footprints that we continuously contribute on the environment. I am trying to make more use of reusable water bottles instead of buying a new plastic water bottle that gets thrown away every day, even though it is more convenient to use disposable water bottles. I also air dry most of my clothes in order to reduce the energy spent on running the dryer, as well as unplug any appliances that are not in use, like the toaster. Instead of taking action only on the pollutants that are visible to us and where we live, we need to take action on the pollutants that we are not directly affected by yet for the for the sake and health of
our home. We all ought to take a moment to stop and enjoy what the environment has provided to us now, before we are not able to anymore if we keep polluting the environment at the pace we currently are. Works Cited
ARC Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies. "Humans 'Damaging The Oceans' In Profound Ways." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 11 August 2009. <;.
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