The Causes and Solutions of Marine Littering and Water Area Destruction
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Junkai Xia, Jiaxuan He, Boheng Hu, Rongpu Yang, Yiyang Jiang, Zihong Yuan
With the development of modern society, most land space has been developed and occupied for industrial development, human habitation, or other purposes. Streams, lakes and oceans seem to be the only solutions for sewage discharge. However, such a short-sighted solution will mediate devastating and detrimental impacts on the ecosystem: the flora and fauna, and ultimately human beings. In this work, researchers have hypothesized that the issue of marine littering and deteriorating water conditions is the result of negligence and underestimation of the citizens living in nearby areas. This research's hypothesis was confirmed via online surveys and face-to-face interviews with dustmen working beside local parks and streams. Littering is a widespread and conventional problem due to the citizens not attaching their importance to it. Based on the above survey results, researchers have proposed two potential solutions including effective lectures on reducing marine debris and protecting nature in our community and planning to build a semi-autonomous vessel that is applied to collecting surface wastes, which is a long-term effective and cost-efficient solution that propagated and generalized. Overall, this research's study does not only include an insight into the problem by analysis but also attempts to solve the problem through our innovative mindsets.
Ecosystem, Marine littering, Innovative solutions, Semi-autonomous