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  • Hey there and welcome to Life Noggin.

  • The other day I decided to be a good roommate and gathered up some trash to get rid of in

  • my apartment.

  • All those extra bits of code my animator creates can really add up!

  • We don't have to worry about landfills or the effects that waste has on the environment

  • here in the digital world, but the trash you create in your human world can add up to some

  • pretty bad consequences, especially with plastic.

  • But why is plastic so bad?

  • To begin our journey to find out why, let's take a trip to one of your earthly landfills.

  • Plastic can take up to 1000 years to break down and it also has the potential to leak

  • harmful pollutants into the soil.

  • The chemical components of plastic can be absorbed by humans and may lead to negative

  • health effects.

  • Not only that, but plastic production uses up a large amount of our fossil fuels.

  • A report based off of 2008 data found that the amount of chemical energy contained in

  • the millions of tons of plastic in US landfills was equal to about 37 million tons of coal

  • or 139 million barrels of oil... and that was 9 years ago!

  • So plastic is bad for the turf, but what about the surf?

  • If you take a look at the waters of the world, you'll find that plastic pollution can really

  • wreak havoc on the oceanic ecosystem.

  • Nobody knows this more then our sea turtle friends, where the majority of their population

  • will be injured or killed by plastics in their lifetime.

  • Not only that, but plastic is often found blocking their breathing passages and stomachs

  • along with doing the same to countless other marine species such as dolphins and whales.

  • Plastic can also break down in the ocean into small particles the size of plankton.

  • These little pieces collect toxins like DDT and PCBs at levels up to a /million/ times

  • the levels found in seawater!

  • These toxins then enter the food chain when any aquatic life accidentally ingests the

  • plastic.

  • It might even make its way to you the next time you go to a seafood buffet!

  • Trash and plastic in the ocean goes further down the rabbit hole of doom by threatening

  • biodiversity.

  • Plastic debri can serve as floating transportation to foreign and alien species, allowing them

  • to hitchhike to new and unfamiliar parts of the world.

  • This is common with barnacles and algae.

  • These new invasive species can become detrimental to the local ecosystem.

  • I don't know about you, but The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Ocean sounds like a pretty trashy

  • prequel to me.

  • So what can you do to help?

  • While it will certainly take a global effort to counter the negative effects of plastic

  • waste, you can still be part of the change!

  • You can start by picking greener options when you get the chance, like bringing your own

  • reusable bags to the grocery store.

  • Many different types of plastic are also now recyclable, so make sure to recycle when you

  • can and not throw them in the trash or let them litter your beautiful planet.

  • Your friendly neighborhood Blocko is on the job!

  • See, if we all work together, we can keep this wonderful world a beautiful place to

  • live our lives to the fullest and nourish those sweet noggins!

  • Let me know down in the comments below ways that you help to protect the environment!

  • Make sure you come back every Monday for a brand new video.

  • As always, I'm Blocko and this has been Life Noggin.

  • Don't forget to keep on thinking!

Hey there and welcome to Life Noggin.

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Here's Why Plastic Is SO MUCH Worse Than You Think!

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