Littering is more than just trash on the ground, it can have negative impacts all around the world. Littering can poison Earth. Algal blooms can form in waters by littering and it results in a minor amounts of available oxygen for other aquatic life. It can clog storm drains and cause flooding in some areas. Littering attracts vermin, which is the breeding ground for bacteria. Landfills can be created by littering and that increases the chance of the landfill being a fire hazard. According to Green Evo Services, 25,000 accidents are caused each year because of littering. Discarding dangerous chemicals and sharp wastes can also be harmful to humans. It is estimated that one million birds and 100,000 marine mammals and sea turtles die each year because they are trapped in plastic or they eat it, mistaking it for a tasty treat. Plastic and littering itself is one of the biggest threats to all whales and dolphins occurring throughout the world’s oceans.
Why do people litter? People litter because they do not feel responsible for public areas like streets and parks. Littering will become a habit to people the more they litter. The more people litter, the worse the community will look. People usually litter outside their own neighborhood where their trash will become someone else’s problem. $11.5 billion dollars are spent each year on litter cleanups all around the world, with that money you could already buy more than 76,000 homes with that money. Even though 94% of people consider littering as a major environmental issue, people still litter. Leaving trash around your neighborhood, could also cause harm to other animals, like birds and your own pets, they could mistake the trash for food and eat it.
To conclude, people should not litter at all. Littering will damage the community's environment and it is too expensive to clean up all the litter in the world. Try to help your community by cleaning up your trash and stop littering! Save the world and save yourself!
by Araceli Barrera, Crystal Xiong & Kaleela Xiong