One Type: LandTwo Types: Land and MarineThree Types: Land, Marine, and AirOne Type: The Litterbug
Yes, there are three types, Land, Marine, and Air.
The Litterbug is catchy though! "Pollution." National Geographic. http://nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/pollution/.
It doesn't and cannot affect the environmentLand litter can start fires, harm or kill animals, and attract rats and harmful bacteriaLand Litter helps prevent deforestation!Land Litter provides shelter and moral support to our fish
Yep, litter causes many things such as starting fires and harming or killing animals. "How Does Littering Affect the Environment?" Seattlepi. Accessed December 7, 2016. http://education.seattlepi.com/littering-affect-environment-6802.html.
Birds or other animals become entangled in the plastic, and it can cause them to dieAnimals get sick or die from swallowing trashIf metal scraps or glass are found on shore, it can cut the flesh of birds or other animalsAll of the above
The effects of marine litter are so surprising, right?
Marine Litter ends up affecting the animals nearby in so many ways. "Marine Debris: A Legacy of Litter." National Geographic. http://nationalgeographic.org/activity/ marine-debris-a-legacy-of-litter/.
An accumulation of plastic, fishing lines, and land debris that spans for hundreds of miles in the Pacific OceanA landfill where all the trash in the world is dumped.It is jamboree for trash where they dance and have a good time, as per usual.Only the best band ever - Duh!
Bad part: No one really knows how much debris makes up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch - not all trash floats to the surface, a lot sinks making it hard to measure. "Great Pacific Garbage Patch." National Geographic. http://nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/ great-pacific-garbage-patch/.
More than 2 pounds1 million pounds5 million poundsBillions of pounds
Billions! Crazy Right!
If you answered “More than 2”- you’re not wrong though. "Great Pacific Garbage Patch." National Geographic. http://nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/ great-pacific-garbage-patch/.
1 pound2.7 pounds4.6 pounds10 pounds
4.6 pounds may not sound like a lot, but it adds up.
We throw out more than 1,650 pounds of garbage every year. Fun Fact: In 1960, the average amount of trash thrown away by each person was 2.7 pounds. "The Problems With Waste." Accessed December 7, 2016. http://www.toxicsaction.org/ problems-and-solutions/waste.
Plastic bag: 15 yearsTin can: 100 yearsPlastic bottle: 450 yearsGlass bottle: 500 yearsStyrofoam: NeverAll of the Above are Correct
Yes, All of the Above!
It's crazy to think about how long it takes for some objects that we use everyday can take so long to decompose! That's why it's good to think before throwing away something we might usually discard easily. "Pollution." National Geographic. http://nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/pollution/.
40% of our trash has plastic in it.
Plastic affects the environment in many ways. Plastic absorb pollutants from their surrounding environment, and it is made from the harmful fossil fuel petrochemical. "The Problems With Waste." Accessed December 7, 2016. http://www.toxicsaction.org/ problems-and-solutions/waste.
CoalCarbon DioxidePetrochemicalAre dinosaur bones considered fossil fuels?
Nice! Petrochemicals are a chemical obtained from petroleum and natural gas.
Fun Fact: Plastic never degrades and it continues to split into smaller pieces. Side Note: You’re actually trash if you chose the last answer. Lytle, Claire Le Guern. "When the Mermaids Cry: The Great Plastic Tide." Plastic-Pollution. Last modified April 2016. http://plastic-pollution.org/.
How Trash Are You Really?
But that's ok! We're all here to learn, and hopefully you now learned a thing or two about how waste affects our environment. Nothing will happen unless YOU do something about it!
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Wowza! You really know a whole lot about what affects our environment today! Keep up the good work, and you can definitely make positive change to the world.