Did your parents teach you to throw your trash away growing up, or were you allowed to leave it strewn all over the floors and seats at restaurants and other public places? Were you ever educated on the difference between a trash can and a recycling bin, what items go in which container, and why? When you see trash in nature, do you pick it p or leave it? You see, we only have one earth, and yet so many of us are unwilling to put in time or effort to even clean up after ourselves. Environmental pollution, mainly due to human beings and their lack of responsibility, has become the number one killer for plants and animals, both on land and in water. It’s about time we put an end to that.
Think about it. Human beings drill for oil to fuel our latest inventions, but then we end up spilling tons of it in the ocean, resulting in numerous sea-life deaths. We have paper to write and print on, but then we dispose of it improperly, leaving it on floors and streets for animals to eat. Polythene ends up all over nature in the form of plastic bags and other containers, ultimately contaminating our planet and also risking tons of animal lives. We’re contaminated even our air with pollutions that one day even clean oxygen might be costly to breathe!
People have a tendency to only care about things that directly relate to them, so while we might take time to clear our own rooms, our own homes, and our own yards, we completely ignore anything that doesn’t directly involve us. We decided that the consequence of polluting the environment is none of our business since we have clean water running out of our tap. Our children are able to play in a clean house. Our pets trot around in clean yards. But what about other people living in areas less-clean than ours? What about the animals living in areas thickly polluted with our shifted-around trash? They aren’t living nearly as well due to our negligence.
It has recently been revealed that 1 million seabirds and 100 million mammals die directly because of pollution. We can’t keep ignoring this massive issue. If we continue to ignore it, then it will get far out of hand and soon everyone will suffer from the consequences of our poor actions. Rainforests, pure waterfalls, and glaciers will all disappear due to how terribly we’re treating this earth, and all the animals will slowly die off because we’ve made it impossible for them to thrive. Is this a world you want to live in?
In case you aren’t entirely convinced of how out-of-hand the situation with trash has become, take a look at the following pictures to see precisely how contaminated things are. Jellyfish, seals, birds, and more. All of these animals are being plagued by the trash we’ve brought into the world and improperly disposed of.
This is a huge issue, but please don’t assume that you can’t make a difference. You are what makes the difference.