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Turtles and Plastic Bags ERP
Transcript of Turtles and Plastic Bags ERP
Q: What is the number one pollutant in Australia?
A: People are treating oceans like trash bins because plastic counts for 60-80% of pollution in the ocean. To much plastic is flowing into the sea and that means marine animals are dying, our beaches are getting polluted and our health may even be at risk.
Q:How have humans influenced the turtles' habitats?
A: Humans have influenced turtles' habitats because of climate change caused by humans, pollution and poaching. Climate change has led to rising sea levels and severe storms which have eroded beaches and turtle nesting areas. Poaching is when humans catch turtles and take their eggs for food and use their shells for a variety of purposes. Pollution is when people dispose of plastic and discard nets in water, sometimes killing turtles which eat the plastic or become entangled in nets and plastic rings.
Q:Why are plastic bags so detrimental to the Australian environment?
A: Plastic bags are detrimental to the Australian environment as they can cause injury or death to animals. When people litter plastic bags and other plastic, they can sometimes end up in our waterways. After a big rainfall the plastic that has been thrown away washes into drains and flows into creeks and rivers, and eventually into the ocean. Turtles and other marine animals sometimes swallow plastic mistaking them for their prey, such as jellyfish. 100,000 marine animals across the world die every year because of plastic pollution.
What makes plastic bags bad?
Plastic bag are bad because they aren't biodegradable that means they disintegrate into the ground. Most plastic bags are petroleum-based and they are the ones that aren't biodegradable. You can cut plastic bags into smaller pieces but they won't disappear.
Pollution in Australia
Australia is one of the worst countries in the world when it comes to pollution. Australia pollutes so much plastic if it was all made into on big plastic sheet it would cover the Melbourne CBD and that is 8,086km squared. Most rubbish in Australia finds their way into the ocean via rivers and 80% comes from landfills and other urban places.
To develop an awareness of how humans have influenced the australian environment (GEOGRAPHY)
Turtles and Plastic Bags
By William Geary
Facts from other countries
In the US more than 380 million plastic bags are used every year
In 2007, San Francisco was the first state in USA to ban petroleum-based plastic bags in markets and pharmacies
In Ireland a 15c tax was introduced and that caused the usage to drop by 90%
here is a video to about save turtles by 7news
Marine Animals and Plastic in Australia
Many animals in Australia have died because of plastic pollution. When turtles, other marine animals and birds eat plastic they mistake it for their food, the plastic makes blockages within the animals digestive system and sometimes in up in death. More than 100,000 marine animals and more than 1 million birds die every year because of plastic pollution.