The government should ban single-use plastic
The world produces 260 million tons of plastic each year, and 10 percent ends up in the ocean. The government should ban single-use plastic because it causes pollution and harms animals, especially marine life. Single-use plastic is a big problem for the environment and our health.
Single-use plastic can cause a lot more pollution than you think. Of all the plastic we use, 40 percent is used only once. Every year we use several billion items such as bags, bottles, and food packaging. It is without a doubt that even if everyone does their best, still a lot of single-use plastic enters the environment. Which also is one of the biggest causes of plastic pollution. It takes 500 or more years for a plastic bag to degrade in a landfill. Unfortunately, the bags don’t break down completely but instead photo-degrade, becoming microplastics that absorb toxins and continue to pollute the environment. Pollution has been a really big problem since the 19th century and by not banning single-use plastic the problem just gets worse. Which can cause marine animals to suffer because up to 80 percent of ocean plastic pollution enters the ocean from land.
Marine-life is harmed by single-use plastic. At least 267 different species have been affected by plastic pollution in the ocean. Also, 100,000 marine animals are killed by plastic pollution annually and 1 out of 3 leatherback sea turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs. This is very dangerous to marine-mammals because they can become entangled in or ingest plastic on accident-causing starvation and drowning. Then, this can lead to many animals’ death or extinction. We might not think single-use plastic can do any harm, but this proves that it can cause a lot more problems.
But some people say plastic is better than paper because reporters say that plastic bags are actually produced from the waste products of oil refining while paper requires forests to be cut down. On the other hand, paper decomposes faster than plastic which takes around 400-1,000 years to decompose. That means it is less likely to be a source of litter and pose a risk to wildlife. Paper is actually better than single-use plastics, and the giant garbage patch near the Pacific Ocean proves that. And that causes a lot more harm than paper.
Single-use plastics will cause a lot more pollution, injure, or maybe even extinct a lot of different species of marine mammals. The problems caused because of plastic bags has been underestimated because no one ever looks at the long-term effects it can cause us. This proves why the government should ban single-use plastic.
Even though happiness is just one part of all the emotions we feel it still has a lot of impact on us. Happiness can lead to success in life, or have a higher percentage of succeeding than the people who aren’t happy. Also, being happy allows people to escape injuries and car accidents. But being rich doesn’t mean you are happy and it also doesn’t mean you will be healthy for the rest of your life but we would all wish the people around us are happy.
What is your biggest take away from 6th-grade science?
My biggest take away from sixth grade was probably when we learned about energy because I never really studied science before and learning about energy was a really great start to science also answered a few questions and cleared some misunderstanding I had.
If you were to write your own comment on the report card, what would you say? How confident do you feel in making models in science, analyzing data, and constructing scientific explanations? I’m probably somewhere around approaching and meeting.
What would you like to work on for next year in science?
I would like to study sound and light, or genetics, but I’m not exactly sure what I want to learn in science next year.
We chose the book “The Witch of Blackbird Pond” and I really enjoyed reading it, mainly because of the twists and turns in the plot. For this project, I used an infographic and compared two main characters and how they have changed throughout the story. Usually for me when I read a book I wouldn’t think too much about how the characters would change or the theme and anything related to that so for me it was quite fun and challenging at the same time.
During the unit Our Stories Make History, we created primary sources and wrote journals that expressed what we were feeling during the pandemic, and what we were kind of going through. My project is organized by time or chronologically, I also added what I was feeling that time, what I did, and the challenges I had or some things I enjoyed during that time. I think this might be important to other people because other people can look at it and read it, which can help them understand what we were feeling during this pandemic and what we did about it. They would also learn that it was kind of a hard time because we couldn’t really go to school, and couldn’t do lots of things. During this unit, a challenge for me during this unit was probably getting some things to work, because I couldn’t really get noodle tools to work so I used another app to help me keep track of my citations, but there is also a positive side to this, some things I am proud of is I was able to keep track of most/all of my citations because I had to copy and paste them into pages and I kept forgetting.
One of my favorite series as a kid was The Buddy Files, because this series was interesting, unique, and has a funny sense of humor, though it has a lack of authenticity. Mainly because it’s written from a dog’s perspective, whereas the dog King/Buddy solves mysteries. The author made this character that is full of exuberance and can cope with different surroundings. It is also amusing to see the world in the dogs’ perspectives.
How have tools/weapons influenced humans throughout time
At the start, when we first started writing our narratives, I only used periods and commas, and sometimes I had a lot of run-on sentences. But after some time I started using other punctuation marks like parenthesis or dashes. My first draft was only one paragraph long, and it didn’t contain a lot of details, instead, it didn’t have enough details, but I think the final draft contained a lot more details than the first and second drafts. I used a few trash can words and after the small groups or the revision stations, the story didn’t have any trash can words. I think receiving teachers’ feedback was pretty helpful, and it helped my narrative. It also helped my word choice, I had less easy words, but in my narrative, it still contains some words that might not be the best choice, but it was bitter than my first few drafts. My experience writing my personal narrative was somewhat challenging and interesting.
I AM FROM POEMS
I am from waves splashing on the shore
From different types of cruises that has different sizes
From ports packed with people in Canada
I am from the creamy chocolate flavored ice cream
From a blistering burning campfire
From a miniature squishy marshmallow
I am from a dog shouting “Hey! Give me my ball back.”
From a cat shouting “Help, I’m stuck in a tree!”
From birds chirping around in our yard.
I am from spending Christmas with my cousins
From my sister smiling as bright as the sun
From my parents shouting at me as angry as a bear
I am from when my family and I were making dumplings together
From shaping the dumplings into dazzling stars.
From cooking crisp dumplings and consuming it
I am from when suddenly BOOM! A firework lighting up the sky
From my neighbors snapping pictures of fireworks
From sending out sparkling fireworks.
We used Rubber bands, duck tape, cups, a bottle, and some cloths.
The problem was to clean the dirty water and make it clean.
Our design works like somebody hold the bottom and the top, and the other person pours the dirty water through the black piece of cloths, then the dirty water goes through the piece of cloths and the dirty water would go through the rocks and another piece of cloth which would clean the dirty water.
The last time we tested it the water came out pretty clean.
We could put something to pour the dirty water into before filtering it because when we poured the dirty water in a lot of water didn’t go into the prototype.
Engineering is important because of many engineers, they built different buildings and without them, we will have no place to live in.