Over the course of time, several discoveries have been made that have placed an impact on our world. To what may seem like the simplest discovery of light, to the discovery of prehistorically items, and so many other discoveries. Without discoveries, and inventions society would be less educated about what happens globally around the world. Many may not even be aware of issues that affect our ecosystem. Humans are not perfect and therefore the world is not perfect. Some do not realize how misplacing garbage can harm the environment tremendously. Simple objects like garbage can play a magnificent role and leave a mark on our environment. Who would even think that a person would have the patience and time to carefully observe garbage. Thankfully, one person by the name of Charles Moore took time and identified the harmfulness of disposing garbage improperly. Many may not be aware of who Charles Moore is. Moore grew up in and on the Pacific Ocean. His father was a sailor who took Moore along on his sailing journeys. According to Grant, Captain Charles Moore uncovered what is known today as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
He found the Great Pacific Garbage Patch by accident in 1997 (Grant). He was sailing back home from Hawaii when he came across the “plastic soup.” Little did he know that he made history with his discovery. To believe that an enormous amount of garbage floats around the Pacific Ocean is unbelievable, yet it is sadly true. What exactly is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a part of the Pacific Ocean, twice the size of France that is covered with improperly disposed garbage (Grant). Cups, plastic bottles, plastic bags that are dropped on the street, wash into the sewers or even into rivers and sooner or later become part of the Garbage Patch. There are over 46,000 pieces of plastic per square kilometer that place thousands of animals in danger. Many researchers believe that off that, perhaps another Garbage Patch exists off the coast of Japan. 80 percent of the garbage that floats in the Garbage Patch are plastics that at some point were on land. Our environment at one point or another was an environment that we all considered “green.” From green trees, to green grass, to colorful flowers, even the air we breathed seemed cleaner than ever.
The world is painting still-lifes, forests are dying, the poles are melting, the air is becoming unbreatheable and the water undrinkable, flowers are food and becoming increasingly plastic, and the sky and earth are going absolutely insane (Galeano). Climate change is a huge factor that can become a victim due to the damage that is being caused to the environment. Soon enough we might not even have any seasons change from summer to fall. Seasons changing might disappear and some states would end up from spring directly to winter. Society has created a disaster for the environment for us. The garbage that is part of the Garbage Patch alone is dangerous. Nature is not the only factor that is affected by the monstrosity of garbage that floats around the Pacific Ocean. Unfortunately, the water we drink day today to stay hydrated and living is contaminated by our waste. Our environment cannot survive only off of sunshine. Our environment requires clean, not contaminated water. Water is filled with toxics, waste that we throw out, plastics never dissolve.
According to Bartram editor of the World Health Organization, cyanobacteria is one of the leading toxins that is found in water. People may be exposed to cyanobacteria toxins by drinking or bathing in contaminated water. The most frequent and serious health effects are caused by drinking water containing the toxins or by ingestion during recreational water contact (Bartram). Plastic contains a chemical by the name of polyethylene terephthalates which is a kind of chemical that majority of the bottled beverages are made out of. Plastic creates toxic pollution at every single stage of its existence; while it is being manufactured, its use, and especially its disposal. The innocent fish that live near the Garbage Patch consume over 24,000 tons of plastic waste each year, according to the Christian Science Monitor. Plastic bags have been used for over several years. An American uses an average of 500 plastic bags a year. Slowly but surely the environment has changed due to the Garbage Patch. Our environment faces problems because of the garbage that society creates.
The plastics that eventually end up in the Garbage Patch create nets over innocent creatures and sadly end up drowning those animals (McLendon). At times, animals end up swallowing these plastics making it hard for the animals to keep life in their habitat. Sea creatures should not be going through such a tough time due to garbage. It is mostly likely that sea creatures can become extinct if the Garbage Patch continues to expand throughout the sea. As society continues to throw out garbage, the Garbage Patch will grow more and more. First trash starts off at a manufacturer; from there it is transported to local grocery stores where it ends up in our hands. After we use the material, it is then disposed which many times flows into the nearby waters, and returns on our plates. Plastic is turning into a food chain pattern. The fish therefore are contaminated with every single plastic that ends up in the ocean. The plastic debris becomes food for the aquatic life or several times become victim due to the nets that plastic may create around these creatures.
Majority of aquatic animals mistaken plastic for food and therefore are harmed with toxic wastes. Those toxic wastes eventually end up destroying those animals. Hundreds of sea animals are killed annually due to digesting the plastic debris. Health problems are frequently a fear in society. Newborns have been more diagnosed with asthma. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation, Asthma is caused by pollutants, chemicals, fumes, airborne industrial pollutants and several other factors. About 40 percent of deaths worldwide are caused by water, air and soil pollution (Pollution). Several of those Asthma causing pollutants come from our very own trash. While society keeps absorbing these pollutants, more health issues can be brought up. It is unbelievable to realize that several human beings are dying from the lack of clean air in the environment. Over one billion of people lack clean water, and 80 percent of the infectious diseases occur from water pollution. Increased water pollution creates a living ground for malaria-carrying mosquitoes. Those mosquitoes then kill 1.2 million to 2.7 million people a year, and air pollution kills about 3 million people a year (Pollution).