It’s Not Just the Oceans That Are Grossly Polluted With Plastic, It’s the Lakes Too

It’s Not Just the Oceans That Are Grossly Polluted With Plastic, It’s the Lakes Too
Fonte: Hola Arkansas

Microplastic has been polluting our oceans for quite some time now. Microplastic pollution is plastic debris less than five millimeters in size. When you think of plastic pollution, you probably envision the ocean. Well, this tiny plastic debris has found its way into our lakes and rivers too.

In the past five years, researchers have started studying the sources and effects of microplastics found in freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems, but the research is still new and cannot tell us much yet. What we do know, though, is that Americans use 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour, and our plastic consumption is astronomical.

In North America specifically, the Great Lakes are among the biggest sources of fresh water on the whole continent. Over one-fifth of the world’s fresh water, they hold billions of dollars in economic activity. They are often known as a large point of pride for those who live along their shorelines.

There are more than 75 First Nations communities around the Great Lakes that fish and participate in other water activities. Roughly 13.4% of the American populationparticipated in water sports in 2017 alone, and a lot of them were likely on freshwater lakes.

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