Plastic debris in our oceans kills hundreds of thousands of seabirds, endangered sea turtles, rare seals and other marine species every year. Roughly 40% of the world's oceans are covered in giant, swirling convergences of garbage, including billions of pounds of plastic that have become semi-permanent floating islands.
More plastic has been produced in the past decade than in the entire 20th century, and much of it ends up in the ocean. For instance, in the Los Angeles area alone, 20 tons of plastic fragments -- grocery bags, straws and soda bottles -- are carried into the Pacific every day. All this plastic takes a deadly toll on hundreds of marine animals, from brown boobies (pictured above) to great white sharks.
Please take a moment to sign the petition asking the Environmental Protection Agency to curb plastic pollution on our beaches and in our oceans.