A tin can tossed into the ocean in 1986 will still be decomposing in 2036, and a glass bottle will be there until the year 1,001,986. The oceans cannot handle our garbage — it’s up to us to keep the trash out of our waters. Support The Marine Mammal Center: protect our oceans and sea life.
Oceans are seeing the aftermath of careless waste: Alaskan shorelines have become a garbage dump, trash clogs every wave on the Indonesian coast, and human debris collected in a nearly uninhabited part of Hawaii could fill an 18-wheeler. Beyond the aesthetics, garbage kills many sea creatures simply caught in the waste; while endangered sea turtles and other marine life are hurt and dying from consuming plastics.
All it takes to start curbing this destruction is a little more care and effort toward where your garbage ends up.
Photo: An island made of accumulated garbage off the coast of Indonesia. (Credit: Enny Nuraheni)
I support The Marine Mammal Center and pledge to stop trashing our oceans. Steps I can take are: