This video is the third place winner for the 2017 "Communicating for a Clean Future" Ohio Marine Debris Challenge. This competition invited students from Ohio's Lake Erie coastal communities to create public service announcements to bring awareness to the issue of marine debris.
Every day, 2 million tons of sewage and industrial and agricultural waste are discharged into the world's water. That is the equivalent of the weight of the entire human population, which includes 6.8 billion people!
In some regions of the world, more than 50% of native freshwater fish species are at risk of extinction, and nearly one third of the world's amphibians are at risk of extinction as well.
Everyone loves the beach, so why would you litter on it? It's important to stay eco-friendly while at the beach so that we can enjoy our beaches for years and years to come!
During your next trip to the beach, think about the things you bring with you. If you see trash lying on the beach, make sure to clean it up! Even trash lying in the parking lot just outside of the beaches can end up in the ocean or lake. Many storm drains lead to a larger body of water, so any trash that ends up near a storm drain could get pushed into the ocean or a lake.
You can prevent marine debris on and off the beach.