Coastal Pollution Awareness Project in Duval County

Student: Ashleigh Elkins

Because of it’s exponential growth in popularity over the past decades, plastic has become the most common material to make every day goods out of – cars, shoes, clothes, televisions, cooking utensils. Plastic litter has continuously become a main concern in the welfare of our environment in several ways; one of which stems from the basic fact that it is the most common trash item that is improperly disposed of in developed societies. How is this affecting the world around us as it takes the brunt end of toxins entering their systems? Not well. Sure, nature has a way of replenishing itself. However, there has to be a balance in the cycle and at this rate, there definitely isn’t an equilibrium being established. The waterways are becoming most affected by these actions because, well, everything ends up in the ocean, including all bodies of water. Every single plastic water bottle or cigarette butt thrown outside the window will most likely turn out to be a microscopic, floating particles that gets consumed by an organism to enter a gruesome food chain of toxicity. Every single day the average American citizen produces 4 pounds of garbage. Coastal towns have a great responsibility to keep the amount of waste getting into the ocean under control. Their  efforts are the last real preventable actions that can stop it before its unmanageable.
Therefore, there has to be solutions in tact and examples set for other cities