Article on Water Pollution by Matilda R, Lauren A, Lara N, Zoe S, Ivy V-D

As part of the Middle School Unit inquiry this term, students have been looking at world or community problems and thinking about possible solutions to help overcome them. We have been following the “6 Ds” for this process which asks students to Define, Discover, Dream, Design, Deliver and Debrief the problem they chose to investigate.We have seen some creative and powerful ideas coming from these sessions. One group was investigating the problem of water pollution. As part of their solution they chose to write a blog post to educate others about the issue. I’m sure they would love a comment or two on what they wrote!…

Water pollution

Water pollution is the contamination of water often caused by humans. We would like to help this and hopefully you can help too.

About one garbage truck of plastic gets into the ocean per minute. One million sea birds are killed each year by plastics and one hundred thousand marine mammals are also killed each year. 
At least 8 million tons of plastic enter the oceans each year. That’s similar to emptying a garbage truck of plastic into an ocean every minute.

There is more micro-plastic in the ocean than there are stars in the Milky Way:

  • The eight most common types of garbage found in the ocean are:
  • Plastic bottles
  • Plastic bags
  • Cigarettes
  • Food wrappers
  • Plastic utensils
  • Straws
  • Beverage cans
  • Paper bags.

If you would like to help water pollution here are some things you can do:

  • Run the dishwasher and washing machine only when you have a full load
  • Do not flush pills liquid or powder medication down the toilet
  • Have separate bins for recycling and waste
  • Recycle all things recycle able
  • Use a minimum amount of dishwashing liquid

Thank you for reading, and remember if you ever see rubbish on the ground, please pick it up!

Matilda R, Lauren A, Lara N, Zoe S, Ivy V-D

4 thoughts on “Article on Water Pollution by Matilda R, Lauren A, Lara N, Zoe S, Ivy V-D

  1. Realizing the problem that exists already and how you could reduce its impact in the future, is a really good outcome for your research. I think you will develop into the kind of responsible adults the world needs. Well done, girls!

  2. How incredible that a garbage truck worth of plastic gets dumped into the ocean per minute! You have chosen a very important issue to educate others on – well written, girls.

  3. Well done girls for deciding to educate people about this important problem.
    Thank you for the tips to help reduce pollution. 😊

  4. You’ve convinced me that this is an important issue and that I can be part of the solution. Your text was very well written. Well done 🙂

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