Water Pollution and Microbeads

Water Pollution and Microbeads

Ms. Moynihan’s sixth class explored the topic of water pollution. We completed a class project on the topic.

Trash, especially plastic and litter have adverse effects on fish and marine life. Plastics do not degrade easily and remain in the stable form in water bodies. Fish mistakenly confuse plastics as food materials and ingest them which causes blockages in the digestive system and eventually kill the fish.

Water pollution is a major global problem which requires on-going evaluation and revision of water resource policy at all levels. It has been suggested that water pollution is the leading world-wide cause of deaths and diseases and that it accounts for the deaths of more than 14,000 people daily. An estimated 580 people in India die of water pollution related illness every day.

Water is typically referred to as polluted when it is impaired by contaminants and either does not support a human use, such as drinking water, or undergoes a marked shift in its ability to support its constituent biotic communities such as fish. Natural phenomena such as volcanoes, algal blooms, storms and earthquakes also cause major changes in water quality and the ecological status of water.

In maths class we graphed the different oceans and seas of the world and the % percentage of pollution in each. We discussed ways of heightening awareness of the problem in our seas and oceans and how we can help solve the problem.