Not such a big task

If we all do something, it’s not such an enormous task to keep our oceans clean

The ocean is huge. It is so vast that people don’t seem to see it as a problem if they dump a bit of this and a bit of that into it.

It all gets taken away by the tide so, if we can’t see it, it isn’t a problem.

It is a problem though, and we are killing the ocean one pop tin at a time.

As a person with quite a few years left on this planet, I don’t want to be slogging through cans and bags as I enjoy a nice stroll along the beach front. I don’t want to be eating green octopus and multi-eyed fish in a few years.

Many people think it’s an extreme task to change this situation, when in reality all you need to do it to stop dumping harmful chemicals down the drain, cut the plastic pop rings and pick up a few pieces of garbage when you go for a walk along the beach.

If we all do something, it’s not such an enormous task.

Todd Helgesen

Parkland Secondary School



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