The common thought with ocean pollution is that it is a very direct process. From humans to ocean. Boom. Pollution.
This is called a single story. One certain story about a country, person, or in this case pollution. It isn’t necessarily always true, but if it is true then it doesn’t define that subject.
With ocean pollution, most of the trash starts on land. When it rains runoff flows to the sea, carrying with it agricultural fertilizers, pesticides, and trash. Eighty percent of pollution to the marine environment comes from the land.
It’s not all trash that you see on the side of the highway though. Most of the trash is from something called nonpoint source pollution. This includes motor vehicle engines that drop small amounts of oil each day onto roads and parking lots. Much of this makes its way to the sea.
Not only is this harmful to the animals living in the ocean, but also humans. You’re basically harming yourselves. In other words: if you have an oil leak…FIX IT NOW.
Although the oil that you see covering penguins in commercials isn’t the same type of oil that is going to be coming from your car, it is still a very serious problem that is affecting our marine life. Just because it isn’t as grimly shown on our TV’s doesn’t mean it isn’t there.
Sometimes ocean pollution isn’t something that you can help. You can’t stop driving just because you’re scared the oil from your car is going to end up in the ocean.
Just remember that ocean pollution isn’t just a single story. It has all types of stories of causes and solutions. All you can do is try to help clean up our oceans and support organizations that are trying to make our oceans cleaner.