This video is the third place winner for the 2020 "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.
Marine debris is a subject that is constantly being discussed and dealt with in all bodies of water. It is human created waste that harms the environment and the animals living in the lakes. Around the world, there are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris floating in the oceans. This acts as a serious threat towards not only the people who benefit from the beautiful waters, but also to the animals that inhabit it. More than 3,500 different species live in the Great Lakes, all of whom depend on clean water to thrive. We all need to take action by cleaning the bodies of water so we do not see the harsh consequences that our planet will suffer from. Some easy ways we can work together to solve this problem are by using reusable water bottles and bags. Be part of the solution, not the pollution!