Why plastic?! Plastic has been thought to be an extremely convenient alternative to glass and other storage, but from decades of production and use, plastic waste is appearing more and more in natural ecosystems. The concept of "thrown away" no longer applies and in many cases, plastic is not recycled like many things. Further more, plastic does not breakdown like natural products. It just turns into smaller pieces of plastic. When plastic gets soft it becomes a sponge for toxins and when it breaks down many animals mistake it for food.
I am joining this trip to not only be part of growing number of people determined to help understand the affect of plastic pollution on the world water ecosystems, but also to enhance my lessons. By participating in the expedition, I can bring relevant and primary source data to my students. For example, I conclude my ecological unit discussing the effects that humans have on the ecosystem. As I have done this, I have started to focus more and more on the effects of our plastic waste. The this trip will help me become a living text book and gain more expertise as I try to inspire future leaders.
This is an amazing opportunity, but comes with some substantial costs due to the location and nature of the trip. I am hoping that you will see the importance and help fund this experience!
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