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  1. 14 billion pounds of garbage are dumped into the ocean every year. Most of it is plastic.
  2. Each year 1.2 trillion gallons of untreated sewage, stormwater, and industrial waste are dumped into U.S. water.
  3. Recycling and composting prevented 85 million tons of material away from being disposed of in 2010, up from 18 million tons in 1980.
  4. Over 1 million seabirds and 100,000 sea mammals are killed by pollution every year.
  5. People who live in places with high levels of air pollutants have a 20% higher risk of death from lung cancer than people who live in less-polluted areas. 
  6. Americans make up an estimated 5% of the world’s population. However, the U.S. produces an estimated 30% of the world’s waste and uses 25% of the world’s resources.

What are the main factors/causes of your issue?

People. Just people in general, we litter, we pollute and at the rate we are going we won’t have anything left to pollute.

What does the public need to know to be informed about your issue?

I’m pretty sure the public is informed as much as they need to be, however, they just need to know littering is bad.

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Documentarians: Andrew and Emely

Method of Documentation: Phones and Cameras

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