If we as human beings do not even make an effort to take better care of

the oceans, then life may slowly die out. We may be killing our own species

and not even realize it. There are a few solutions we have come up with and

put into effect, but without others the effects will not be as successful as they

could be. In order for us to realize exactly what we can contribute to this

search for a solution we have to; understand the ocean and how it affects our

ecosystem, know the background of the oceans pollution, know about ocean

pollution, and to have knowledge of what exactly is being done to prevent

ocean pollution. If we make it our responsibility now to put a complete end

to this pollution we will be one step closer to a safer future.

The first step towards a safer future is to understand the ocean and

it’s history. The fact that the ocean covers 71% of the earth’s surface alone

is enough of a reason to make it our duty to make a difference? The

oceans are traditionally into four large basins. The Pacific, being the largest,

is almost as large as all the others put together. The Atlantic is a little larger

than the Indian, but the two are about the same in depth. The Arctic is the

smallest and the shallowest of the four oceans. Certain Geographical

processes that occur beneath these waters not only affect the marine life, but

dry land as well. These processes occur over hundreds of millions of years.

To us as human beings this is beyond our lifetime, but in the blink of an eye

solid rocks flow like liquid, entire continents move across the face of the

earth, and mountains grow from flat plains. This is all possible due to the


The second step is to realize the background of ocean pollution.

Pollution in our oceans is a serious problem. It is the number one killer of

our sea animals. Most of the waste that is dumped is plastic, which takes

hundreds of years to break down. Everyday millions of animals are caught

in fishing nets and six pack beer rings. Although many believe that only fish

are affected by getting caught in these the truth of the matter is that animals

such as birds, turtles, dolphins, and seals are also killed. The animals are

slowly suffocated by rings as well as cans, fishing lines, nets, kite strings,

and ropes. Or, as stated by the National Wildlife Federation, they die from

accidental consumption, which means they accidentally swallow and choke

on these things. Garbage is not the only threat to the safety of our oceans

though, other thing such as oil spills. More than 60 million gallons of oil

enter the oceans every year. This is usually not reported because of the fact

that the oil seeps from oil-bearing rock layers into the ocean as part of a

natural process. These are only a few causes of ocean pollution, but do they

still exist. Of course they do!! [2]

The next step is to understand that fact that these problems occur

today. These are not situations that only occurred in the past, but that occur

now and are a lot worse than they were. The fact that there was a huge

increase in the amount of industrial, municipal, and domestic garbage

dumped into the oceans in the past few years is clearly a reason for us to

make it our responsibility to want to stop ocean pollution. The ocean is a

not a dump and need not be treated like one. Around the world, untreated

sewage flows into coastal waters, carrying organic waste and nutrients that

can lead to oxygen depletion, as well as disease-causing bacteria and

parasites that require closing beaches. Imagine the unintentional amount of

oxygen that we are deprived of all due to the amount of raw sewage that

flows into our oceans. It’s ridiculous and completely uncalled for.[3]

The last and most important way to prevent ocean pollution is to

become familiar with the actions that other people are taking to demolish

ocean pollution and build on that. This can be done by helping others

become aware