Target: Craig McLean, Acting Assistant Administrator for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research
Goal: Demand more study into where the plastic in our oceans is found and what harm it is doing and create a plan to stop this pollution
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a fairly well-known picture of pollution in our oceans. It sits on the ocean’s surface, and goes deeper beyond what we can see. This is how we think of ocean pollution — various countries throwing their garbage into the ocean, and since it’s not technically the territory of a specific country, it becomes a problem that no one wants to have or has to take care of.
But it is. However, recent studies have shown that there is actually less plastic on the surface than what previous studies have shown. Through no real conservation or clean up effort on the world’s part, the amount of plastic in the ocean has seemingly gone down.
Unfortunately, though, it probably hasn’t. The plastic has likely disintegrated and is now in the deeper levels of the ocean. Fish are probably eating it, and perhaps microbes as well. If fish are eating plastic, then many humans are also consuming unwanted plastic as they eat fish and other seafood. However, we do not know the effects that such a high and dissolved level of plastic are having and will have on the oceanic, environmental, and human health.
Therefore, today, we call on the National Ocean and Atmospheric Research Association to conduct extensive studies on what is happening with plastic in our oceans. To create any sort of policy around the rising plastic levels, we need to first understand what is going on in our oceans. By conducting research to learn about the effects of dissolved plastic in our oceans, we will be one step closer to finding a way to decrease the plastic levels in our bodies of water. Sign this petition to call for further research into the existence of plastic in our oceans and demand action be taken to curb the pollution.
Dear Mr. McLean,
I am troubled by the recent study that indicates that plastic pollution has been dissolving in our oceans.Plastic, as we generally know, is not good for the environment, and basically never truly disintegrates but only breaks up into smaller pieces.
These smaller pieces, as we are sure you are aware, are now in the deeper, lesser-known areas of the ocean. We need to know what their effects are, and what the plastic is doing, before we can make any further policy. As they say, science is power. Please conduct research on the plastic pollution in our ocean so as to have the information to create change.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: NOAA’s Ocean Service via Flickr