My name is Molly and I am 11 years old. And I want to tell you why Straws really do Suck!
In February 2017, when I was just 9, my mum and I went to see a movie called A Plastic Ocean. It was the first time I had been told that plastic never ever breaks down. Like, actually, NEVER goes away. I learned that oceans all over the world are filling up with plastic, and that plastic gets into our oceans and hurts the marine animals. Birds eat broken up bits of plastic thinking its food, and then they starve because there is no room left in their stomachs for food. And turtles think that plastic bags are jelly fish (which is a turtles favourite food) so their stomachs get full of plastic, and there is no room left for food. It’s not fair.
On my way home from the movie that night, I started thinking about what I could do to help. I started thinking about straws. They always seemed kind of harmless, right?
These plastic straws can be eaten by sea animals and by birds thinking they are food.
And have you seen the video of the straw that got stuck up a turtles nose?
I thought about how we only use straws for a few minutes before we throw them in the bin. The problem is – they don’t always go in the bin. They often go into the storm drains, which leads straight to the ocean.
I knew that if my friends knew about all this rubbish, they would want to help the ocean. After all, we live in Cairns, Australia, and the Great Barrier Reef is our playground.
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