Solutions to the Issue of Plastic Pollution

What do you see as the cause for plastic pollution?PART 1- APA Format-Choose one of the following topics to discuss in your initial post either Plastic in Ocean or Solutions to the Issue of Plastic Pollution.

Water and Plastic Don’t Mix

This week in we will discuss a significant water resource issue that of plastic pollution. Plastic does not biodegrade but rather continues through the ecosystem primarily landing in the ocean. The effects on wildlife and ecosystems is significant. Access the following video and references to better understand this issue.

Part I: The Links

Use these resources to here and your own internet research to explore and better understand the causes, issue, and solutions of plastic pollution in water ecosystems.

VIDEO: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (https://youtu.be/azwKxDVGmns)

**Be sure to click in the i in the corner of the video that has more resources to explore**

TRANSCRIPT

ARTICLE: Plastic Pollution in the World’s Oceans: More than 5 Trillion Plastic Pieces Weighing over 250,000 Tons Afloat at Sea (http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0111913)

ARTICLE: Transforming Ocean Plastic Into Fashion (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-reese-halter/transforming-ocean-plasti_b_5113993.html)

ARTICLE: Solutions to Plastic Pollution in our Oceans (http://www.nrdc.org/oceans/plastic-ocean/)

Part II: Questions

Since this is not a writing assignment but a discussion, you will not need to formally reference your work but need to attribute it to the source you found it, something likely you do in everyday conversation. For example, “Yesterday I was reading in the Washington Post that . . ” or, “I found this interesting video on YouTube.”

Choose one of the following topics to discuss in your initial post either Plastic in Ocean or Solutions to the Issue of Plastic Pollution.

Topic 1: Plastic in the Ocean

What do you see as the cause for plastic pollution?
What specifically are the effects of plastic pollution on these resources? Choose one of the following topics discuss:
birds
ocean mammals
fish
water quality
How significant of an issue is plastic pollution? Did your opinion change after researching the topic?
Topic 2: Solutions to the Issue of Plastic Pollution

What do you see as a viable solution for the issue of plastic pollution?
What are the pros and cons of the solution you chose?

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