When plastic bags end up in our oceans, animals (including seals, dolphins and seabirds) can get tangled up in them.
An animal with a plastic bag around its neck will have trouble moving through the water, catching its prey or feeding, and escaping predators. They get stuck in trees, along fence lines, or as litter at our parks and beaches.
So, remind your parents to bring their reusable cloth bags whenever you go shopping. Please tell us your name, age and which city you live in.
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It takes a lot of resources and energy to create a plastic bag. As a fossil fuel, oil must be extracted from the ground.
Do we want to use fossil fuel resources to make a product that is only used once (we call this a “single use plastic”)?Many people don’t realise that plastic bags can also cause flooding.Previously in Ghana (in West Africa), plastic bags blocked storm water drains during a big rainstorm.Many millions of barrels of oil are used to make plastic bags every year.A lot of energy is also used to make and transport plastic bags.This caused flooding so bad that people were killed.Plastic bags can even be harmful before they are used.Even though we use plastic across all industries including bottled water, we seem to have just wised up to the notion that plastic contains dangerous and toxic compounds but the issue is that, as of this moment, there does not seem to be a viable alternative.Given the current situation with global warming and the urgent need on our part to reduce the carbon footprint, perhaps it is time that we analyzed the positive and negative effects of plastic.It is time that we as a society took affirmative action instead of just having a discussion on the same before we run out of time.This is an article from Curious Kids, a series for children.