Ossian, St Finbarr’s Primary School, Byron Bay
The grey thing glides across the ocean surface, floating helplessly across the vast body of blue water. Suddenly a turtle spots the thing right above it. Thinking it’s food, the turtle swallows it whole, only to die a few moments later. The killing has begun. This is what plastic bags do.
Firstly, plastic bags kill marine life and seabirds. Every year thousands of turtles, seabirds and other sea mammals die because of plastic getting stuck in their throats or being wrapped around their heads.
If this continues, entire animal species could be killed and, if that disrupted the food chain, it could lead to thousands of other deaths.
Secondly, plastic bags don’t break down like a lot of other plastic merchandise. It’s true; scientists have found that plastic takes up to 1,000 years to disintegrate, or maybe even more.
That means many plastic bags end up in landfill and only three per cent are recycled. To top that off up to 80 million are littered every year.
Lastly, plastic bags cause destruction while being made. To make plastic bags you need to use coal and oil and using those will make greenhouse gases.
As you probably know, making electricity is already causing global warming so we don’t need another problem to cause the Earth to get hotter.
But just think about it: if four billion plastic bags are being used every year, how much pollution is being released every year?
So please, we can all make a difference. We must call on the government to ban plastic bags in Byron Bay.
Maybe the people in the plastic bag industry could start making green stitched bags. At least we must make people pay for plastic bags.
The world rests in your own hands but do you have enough courage to save it?