Eliminate or reduce plastic

Editor, Gettysburg Times,

We are third-grade students at James Gettys Elementary School. This year we studied and learned about different types of pollution. Our teacher challenged the class to come up with pollution solutions. We decided to get the word out about pollution using our writing skills!

We learned a lot of facts about water pollution and how it’s harming our planet and the animals. For example, the Mississippi River carries an estimated 1.5 million tons of nitrogen pollution into the Gulf of Mexico each year, creating a “dead zone” in the Gulf each summer about the size of New Jersey. Approximately 40 percent of lakes in America are too polluted for fishing, aquatic life, or swimming. Plastic is a big pollution problem. Plastic is killing many animals that live in the ocean. There is a patch of plastic in the ocean between California and Hawaii about the size of Texas. Every minute, one garbage truck full of plastic is dumped into our oceans.

We feel we should reduce or stop using plastic materials. A good place to start would be our community. One solution would be eliminating plastic straws or replacing with paper or metal straws. We are asking for area restaurants to eliminate or reduce the amount of plastic they are using. We are also asking people to use reusable bags when shopping.

Caleb Phillips, Jayden Cleckner

Mrs. Daniels class

James Gettys Elementary School

Gettysburg Area School District

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