Keep the World Clean


Photo showing oceangoing trash that accumulates on the windward (eastern) side of the Hawaiian Island of Niihau. Photo used under the Creative Commons License via Wikimedia.

Emily Geise, Staff Writer

Trash is taking over our earth, and we need to do something about it. Trash is everywhere on beaches and in the ocean. Trash is getting so bad, there is a trash island called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which spans waters from the West coast of North America to Japan (Parker 1). So, I believe everyone in the world should have the same resolution for the upcoming New Year. What’s the resolution you ask? The resolution is to keep the world clean. Since there are about 7.7 billion people on the earth (Current 1), the earth could be a lot cleaner if we all pitch in to help.

About 14 billion pounds of litter ends up in the ocean every year (Marine 1). Most of that trash is plastic. The Pacific Garbage Patch is currently the “target of a $32 million cleanup campaign” (Parker 1).If we don’t litter, then the earth would be clean. Maybe if we raise the ticket price of littering, people will be scared to litter.

One of the reasons we need to clean up our earth is to help animals. There are many animals dying because of us. If the animals go extinct, soon we will too. Turtles have been living with plastic straws in their noses. If you don’t feel bad for them, you should try living with a long piece of plastic up your nose. Also, on top of that, a turtle has been living with a plastic ring around its stomach, making his shell become an odd shape. Luckily the turtle is still living.

Instead of sitting on the couch, and being a couch potato, you should get up and help the environment. People do not understand the risk of littering. You can get a ticket, or kill animals. And i f you have a good heart, you will understand the pain of dying from plastic.

People think it’s okay to litter because most of the time you won’t get caught. But, even if you don’t or wont get caught, it still doesn’t make it right. Of course there are exceptions, like fruit and veggie peels, crackers, peanuts, chips, but not the cardboard from the box or rappers from the food. Maybe if we decide to be less disgusting, we can make our world cleaner, and our oceans and roads, can go from dirty and gross, to clear of trash and clean .

Works Cited:
“Current World Population.” Worldometer, 2020,

“Marine Debris and Plastics.” Seastewards,

Parker, Laura. “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Isn’t What You Think It Is.” Great Pacific Garbage Patch Is Bigger and Mostly Made of Fishing Gear, 22 Mar. 2018,