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Trash Talk: What Can We Do About Marine Debris?

2 minutes

(Describer) Under a round logo of a wave, title: Ocean Today. In an animation, garbage flies out of a can into water. Title: Trash Talk.

(woman) What can we do about marine debris?

(Describer) Asma Mahdi:

A lot of the trash in our ocean is plastic. Debris hurts our environment, economy, and health.

(Describer) ...Dianna Parker.

(Mahdi) The problem will only get worse...

(Parker) ...unless we change how we consume and dispose of products. There are solutions. Together, we can prevent litter from ending in the ocean. Some might say... "I'm just one person, so I can't make a difference." But that's not true. If each person who creates trash--everyone-- took action, it would add up to a lot of change. So what can we do? The ultimate solution is prevention. We need to keep that as our highest priority.

(Mahdi) We reduce, reuse, and recycle to keep debris out of the ocean.

(Parker) Bring your own shopping bag, drink from a reusable bottle, and participate in shoreline cleanups.

(Mahdi) Join a group cleaning the beach or cleaning your street. It's easy. Be conscious of how many disposable, plastic items you use. If you do... Where are you putting it? In the trash can? Whoops! Or in the recycling bin?

(Parker) Here's the challenge: the next time you use a throw-away item-- a bag, a bottle, a utensil, answer the question, Where is this going? Ultimately, when you throw stuff away, there really is no "away." It has to go somewhere. Keep asking yourself this important question-- How will you keep your trash from becoming marine debris?

(Describer) Logos are shown for the Smithsonian and NOAA. Accessibility provided by the US Department of Education.

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A lot of the trash that's in the ocean is plastic, and that marine debris is damaging the environment, economy, and the health of animals. The problem will only get worse unless humans change the way they consume and dispose of products. Part of the "Trash Talk" series.

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Runtime: 2 minutes

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