The ocean remains one of the most expansive, mysterious and diverse places on earth. Unfortunately, these characteristics are increasingly threatened due to man-made pollution as well as natural causes.
The negative effects of polluting the ocean are not only affecting marine life. Fish constantly mistake plastic for jellyfish and consume it. They are unable to digest the plastic materials, and as a result, people who have marine life in their diets ingest micro pieces of plastic that remained in the fish.
One thing that ISKL seniors did to make a difference was a beach clean up during senior week. Six seniors and three teachers went to Port Dickson and started to pick up trash along the polluted beach. Whether it was as small as a cigarette bud or big as a firework box, all types of trash were meticulously picked up. After spending only two hours on the beach, they managed to clean 58kg’s of trash with only nine on site working.
The beach clean up showed our team that any small contribution is meaningful. Syarifah, ’18, claimed, “After seeing all the trash on the beach, I definitely will make some changes in my daily life, such as refusing straws when buying drinks.”
Ms. Popovich, the trip’s organizer, is also determined to become more environmentally conscious, she plans to take an extra bag to pick up trash when she is out walking her dog in the Ampang area.
According to World Waste Facts, every year we dump approximately 2.12 billion tons of waste. This significant amount of waste is partly due to 99% of the goods we buy is trashed within 6 months. Think of all the groceries you buy, with all the products being covered in plastic wrapping which you instantly throw away as soon as you open up the packaging. You can stop contributing to the waste by having a recycled system at your home. Just by having one bin that is specially designed for plastic can help. Studies suggest plastic takes up to 1,000 years to degrade in a landfill. Recycling plastic takes 88% less energy than making plastic from raw materials. Although it may not seem like one person can make a difference, it’s a fact that 1 recycled plastic bottle would save enough energy to power a light bulb for 3 hours.
Ms. Popovich plans to start a club called Trash Heroes. It is an organization at which different locations in Kuala Lumpur will be visited to help make a change for improving the state of the environment. Trash Heroes believe an insight into the problematic state of our natural beaches due to human actions is shocking.
There is still hope if more people become involved in decreasing the pollution of the ocean. Email Ms. Popovich to learn how you can help make a difference. More people involved will lead to greater improvement for our Earth.