Letters to the Editor

Tarpley letter: Killing our planet

Humans are killing this planet because of how much pollution and waste we generate.

The average human exports 4.3 pounds of waste per day, which is being dumped into oceans or on land. Most Americans use 2.5 million plastic bottles in just one hour. Americans throw 10.5 million tons of plastic away each year, and only 7 percent of the plastic in the U.S. is recycled. There are over 110 million tons of waste. Did you know 80 percent of ocean pollution comes from the land because of rain and runoff and ends up in our oceans and rivers? An estimated 14 billion pounds of trash (mainly plastic) is dumped into oceans every year. There is an island of garbage in the Pacific Ocean that weighs about 7 million pounds, is twice the size of Texas, and is up to 9 feet deep.

Not only are we killing our planet, we are killing the habitat on it. We kill over 1 million seabirds and 100,000 sea mammals every year, as well as animals on land. Not including oil spills, gas leaks, and air pollution. We have a lot to do and we need to start now.

Falicia Tarpley, Garden City