How do our attitudes towards plastic use reflect the state of our environment?

In recent months, I've become more aware of how the things we use in our daily lives affect our local and global environment. Millions of tons of plastic are dumped into the oceans every year. There is now plastic and micro plastics in all areas of the world; even those that are uninhabited. Plastics are penetrating our ecosystems and causing mass destruction to coral reefs in the Pacific Ocean. "Marine litter harms more than 600 species amid what some regard as the beginning of the sixth mass extinction of life on earth". Not only is over 300 metric tonnes of plastic produced annually, we don't dispose of it effectively. Landfills worldwide are filling up and present a significant source of contaminants, such as BPA to aquatic environments. 79% is thrown away to landfill or into the environment, 9% is recycled and the rest is incinerated, releasing toxic chemicals into our atmosphere that we breathe in every single day. For my inquiry I'm hoping to dive deeper into this topic and hopefully include some photographic work from my major.

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This is a very interesting topic! I feel as if the negative side effects of plastic is a subject many feel awkward to bring up due to the fact that the use of plastic is so common and prevalent in our every day lives, so I am glad you decided to research this topic and carry on the share the information that you will find in the future. The reality of the state of our environment is both daunting but necessary for people to know. I am also very curious to perhaps see some of your photographic work someday, and I think that is an amazing to use art to further educate others!

Hi Sephine! I have also recently been informed about how detrimental plastic is to our environment. I had been aware of it before, however I just personally realized how much it affects our environment. As I contemplated this, I started wondering- is it truly possible to, someday, get rid of the usage of plastic? Because there's plastic everywhere- plastic surrounding every package we get, plastic to hold plastic, etc. etc. So maybe you could look into if it's possible to actually get rid of plastic in our environment. 

Hey Sephine!

Your question caught my eye immediately - just today, in one of my classes, we talked about the extent that plastic effects our oceans and it's surrounding environment. We watched the documentary "A Plastic Ocean" - I definitely recommend! One of the seabirds the scientists examined had over 230 pieces of plastic inside its stomach which in my opinion, is unbelievable. I think your inquiry is great as plastic consumption is something we all need to be more conscient of, so I think your research will impact many people on this site.

Here are some sources that may be of use to you:

https://www.plasticpollutionco...ion.org/environment/

https://www.independent.co.uk/...ficial-a7972226.html

Good luck!

Hey Sephine, 

I think your inquiry question is really engaging and unique! People often consider making changes to help the environment (like driving less, taking shorter showers, composting, etc.) but we often don't consider the great evil that's almost everywhere around us: plastic. I didn't know that plastics are now everywhere on the earth, including uninhabited locations. That's fascinating and really, really disappointing.

For your research, I think it would be cool if you looked into how specifically childrens' attitudes and education regarding being environmentally friendly impacts the state of the earth.

Here are a couple of websites that may help you with your research:
https://www.independent.co.uk/...-waste-a8275416.html
https://blogs.worldbank.org/vo...nd-plastic-pollution

Good luck, I look forward to reading what you find 
Joanna

Your inquiry question is both global and local given we live near the Pacific ocean.  It is very sad the amount of plastic in our ocean and how  wild life have suffered from our convenience and mismanagement of plastic.  I agree we the other posts we do need to address the amount of plastic out there, how we can clean it up, and reduces the use of plastic . I would like to know more about what can we do and what is  being done to reduce harm. 

Here is two organizations and websites that over some tips and action.  

https://www.nrdc.org/stories/1...ce-plastic-pollution

https://4ocean.com/pages/sea-birds

Good luck on your findings and look forward to your inspiring thoughts on how we can make a difference today.

Kaley

Hey Sephine

Great topic!

As soon as i read it i brought to mind a TED talk i watched last year about plastic attached below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8GCjrDWWUM

Basically they campaigned to stop using all plastic bags where they live.  And i definitely think if we all took these steps to these things it would impact the planet or the better.  I think that the problem still stands that people use plastic so much everyday, but following their example, if we start making this and learning how to better the situation by cleaning the sea's, that it would make a difference.  The planet will uninhabitable eventually if we keep going on like this so i think your research is really great.  Part of the problem is always that people are uneducated about the problems in the world and their effects on everything else.  So if you take the first step to awareness, then things can unfold from there.  Great job, i'm really excited and intrigued to read your research!

Hey Sephine!

Your inquiry question caught my eye really quickly and it has me intrigued. Almost everyone knows about the ban of plastic straws in Vancouver. There have been many people for and against this decision. There are people saying that straws are only 4% of the plastic trash problem so this is a weird decision, and there are others saying that every little bit counts to help save our world. I would like to see your opinion on this topic and maybe how you think we can help the plastic pollution that has effected our world. Good Luck on your research! 

Hey Sephine!

I'm so exciting that I saw a inquiry about the environment. I just saw forecast about there might be a big flood submerge Vancouver because of the waste(gases cause global worming). I think that people should real think about how to save the environment. The plastic cannot be degradation within a several years. There are some citation might help you on your inquiry: 

https://www.freshwateralliance.ca/floods

https://www.iisd.org/topic/sustainable-development

https://s3.amazonaws.com/acade...mpact_assessment.pdf

Arin Kim (Charles Best) posted:

Hey Sephine!

Your inquiry question caught my eye really quickly and it has me intrigued. Almost everyone knows about the ban of plastic straws in Vancouver. There have been many people for and against this decision. There are people saying that straws are only 4% of the plastic trash problem so this is a weird decision, and there are others saying that every little bit counts to help save our world. I would like to see your opinion on this topic and maybe how you think we can help the plastic pollution that has effected our world. Good Luck on your research! 

Hey thanks for the insightful comment.

It’s true that straws make up less than 4% of the worlds trash and therefor people may think that them not using a straw doesn’t have an effect. This, to some degree is true but once you start with something small, like refusing a straw, it’s easy to continue reducing single use plastics which after time makes an impact.

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