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The Ugly Journey Of Our Trash

Marine debris is the rubbish of our everyday lives that makes its way into our ocean. Rubbish travels over land, down streams, rivers and storm drains into the ocean. Once in the ocean, it can drift thousands of miles from its origin to the most remote ocean places, leaving a wake of destruction in its path. Every year, debris kill thousands of marine animals and sea birds, chokes coral reefs, and smothers critical environments. It also contaminates our beaches and favorite recreation sites. Better information about sources and impacts is extremely important to drive changes infrastructure and waste management policies at all levels. Who is responsible? All of us. Together we can help prevent and clear up this mess for a clean, healthy ocean planet.

  • Annual plastic production and use of plastics has risen from 1.5 million tons in 1950 to 230 million tons in 2009.
  • Over 9 million tons of marine litter may be entering our ocean every year.
  • As much as 90 percent of floating marine debris may be plastic.
  • Research of the northern fulmar (a seabrid) showed 55 percent of dead, beached birds collected hard plastic in their stomachs.
  • Between 50,000 and 90,000 northern fur seals are estimated to be dying every year entangled in marine debris.
  • More than 260 species are reported to have been entangled in, or to have ingested, marine debris.
  • 35 percent of plankton – eating fish found during a study in the North Pacific Central Gyre had ingested plastic.
  • As much as 70 percent of marine litter has been estimated to end up on the seabrid.

Scuba divers are standing up to the onslaught of debris – fins on and off. We’re removing debris underwater and logging the data to influence change at all levels. On land, we can work together to stop rubbish from entering the ocean. We can help inform community action and identify local solutions. 

Join the movement at www.projectaware.org


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I'm Miss. Congeniality of Broward College North Campus, Events Coordinator of the Psychology Club at Broward College North Campus, new president of Her Campus Broward, I work for Student Services at Broward College North Campus, and I just like to get involved in many great activities that benefit my personal growth.
Student at Broward College for the past five years, first enrolled on Davie's Central Campus learning Physical Therapy for two years than, transferring to Coconut Creeks North campus for the last three years, now majoring in Early Childhood / Developmental Education. Spent first year with Her campus Broward as Outreach Director, former president of self-entitled campus friendship club, Sammy's Buddy Brigade, member of the Campus Science Club, and a Broward County local student Ambassador with Best Buddies International. Winner of the Sammy's award for most charity work within the community, and now Vice President of Her Campus Broward. I hope to soon be working at Junior Achievement with the elementary and middle school children, in order to have a well rounded experience! The hope is to one day work with and teach children who have special needs such as myself! Biggest belief and philosophy of life is that, no matter what anyone says you can't accomplish in life, I am living proof that anything is possible! Having ADHD, high functioning Autism, and medical conditions such as Scoliosis, helps me to understand special needs children on a level that very few people can! It is this very knowledge that led me to choose Teaching as my chosen profession. Now at age 42, and more than 55% on the way to getting an Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education, I hope to become an Assistant Teacher within the next year or so. We hope that this true life story will inspire others to never give up either, no matter what anybody says, or tells you, that you can't do, the only one who can truly hold you back is "YOU".
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