Have you ever heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? Well, it's something we should all be aware of. It is an extremely large collection of plastic, debris, and chemical sludge floating out in the beautiful waters of the Pacific Ocean. The garbage patch is caused by massive amounts of waste being circulated by ocean currents. It is estimated to be anywhere from 250,000 to 5,000,000 square miles and weigh up to 100 million tons! Wow! Most plastics do not decompose but instead break down into smaller and smaller particles that linger and leach toxic chemicals into the water. This discovery has sparked many organizations to call for the reduction of the use of plastics, such as the "Rise Above Plastics" campaign! Yes, the ocean is huge, but so is the amount of waste and pollution generate by humans. Nature is out of balance, but we can change that. Whether it's picking up one piece of trash on the beach or reducing the amount of plastics you use every day, every little bit makes a difference!
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