Presentation Title

The Ocean Pollution Crisis

Faculty Mentor

James Miller

Start Date

23-11-2019 10:00 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 10:45 AM

Location

131

Session

poster 3

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

creative_arts_design

Abstract

Our oceans are being polluted with harmful plastic waste which affects the extensive forms of sea life. My research demonstrates creatively how marine life is being negatively affected by plastic waste. My findings are presented through, the use of color which stages the setting, texts which include short informational facts, statistics are provided to further explain the effects of plastic waste, and lastly, the use of vector imagery is placed to entertain the viewer. It is the single-use plastics such as water bottles, straws, zip locks, plastic bags, etc. that are the primary causes of plastic pollution which are shown throughout the poster. Greenpeace reports, about 10 percent of the world's trash ends up in the ocean. I find it extremely troubling that we do not think about where our discarded plastics end up. If we do not change our habits there is an array of negative outcomes; many of which include, but are not limited to the following: ocean pollution to the point of inaccessibility, microbes dying becoming unable to produce oxygen for life, and indirectly affecting the food chain. All forms of sea life are affected including, seagulls, dolphins, sea turtles, and marine animals that ingest the assortments of plastic by mistake or eat prey that has ingested the toxic chemical compounds. My research also shows, that not only are marine life impacted but so are microbes who are responsible for producing more than 10% of our oxygen. It was stated by the United Nations, that at least 800 species worldwide are being affected by debris, and about 80 percent of it is from plastic. My research presents The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and how it is just one example of the uncontrollable discard of plastics. It is literally a pile of garbage, about 79,000 tons of an array of plastics and it is growing, and will continue to grow unless we recognize and correct our bad habits! It is the responsibility of the consumer to stop purchasing single-use plastics distributed by manufacturing companies. If we don’t act now, by the year 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. If we do not reduce our use of plastic waste we will end up consuming ocean fish that contain Bisphenol A and Phthalates which both are harmful toxic chemicals that disrupt our bodies’ natural processes. In summary, the intent of my work is to, demonstrate, educate, and guide us toward a better understanding and discussion of how these plastics are negatively impacting our sea life.

Keywords: plastics, sea, life, pollution, waste, chemicals, ocean, animals, people, consumers

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The Ocean Pollution Crisis

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Our oceans are being polluted with harmful plastic waste which affects the extensive forms of sea life. My research demonstrates creatively how marine life is being negatively affected by plastic waste. My findings are presented through, the use of color which stages the setting, texts which include short informational facts, statistics are provided to further explain the effects of plastic waste, and lastly, the use of vector imagery is placed to entertain the viewer. It is the single-use plastics such as water bottles, straws, zip locks, plastic bags, etc. that are the primary causes of plastic pollution which are shown throughout the poster. Greenpeace reports, about 10 percent of the world's trash ends up in the ocean. I find it extremely troubling that we do not think about where our discarded plastics end up. If we do not change our habits there is an array of negative outcomes; many of which include, but are not limited to the following: ocean pollution to the point of inaccessibility, microbes dying becoming unable to produce oxygen for life, and indirectly affecting the food chain. All forms of sea life are affected including, seagulls, dolphins, sea turtles, and marine animals that ingest the assortments of plastic by mistake or eat prey that has ingested the toxic chemical compounds. My research also shows, that not only are marine life impacted but so are microbes who are responsible for producing more than 10% of our oxygen. It was stated by the United Nations, that at least 800 species worldwide are being affected by debris, and about 80 percent of it is from plastic. My research presents The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and how it is just one example of the uncontrollable discard of plastics. It is literally a pile of garbage, about 79,000 tons of an array of plastics and it is growing, and will continue to grow unless we recognize and correct our bad habits! It is the responsibility of the consumer to stop purchasing single-use plastics distributed by manufacturing companies. If we don’t act now, by the year 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. If we do not reduce our use of plastic waste we will end up consuming ocean fish that contain Bisphenol A and Phthalates which both are harmful toxic chemicals that disrupt our bodies’ natural processes. In summary, the intent of my work is to, demonstrate, educate, and guide us toward a better understanding and discussion of how these plastics are negatively impacting our sea life.

Keywords: plastics, sea, life, pollution, waste, chemicals, ocean, animals, people, consumers