Boca Raton, FL
2018, High School, Music
Did you know that 18 million pieces of plastic end up in our oceans every single year? To me, that fact was shocking. After being in AP Environmental class, I now know the atrocities that happen to our ocean. I wanted to write this song so that people who don’t have the chance to educate themselves through a classroom setting can learn about our ocean pollution problem. I decided to focus on the most overarching problem that our society has that endangers our ocean every single second: how easy it is for us to use items once and then throw them away, hence the title “Throwaway Society”. I refer to the ocean as a ‘her’ in the chorus to put forth the idea that our ocean has a life, and we cannot continue treating it as if it were a disposable object. Our life depends on hers, and I wanted to make sure the audience understood that fact. I also wanted to make sure that I demonstrate the faith I have in our society. Rather than continuously blame our society throughout the song, I add in my hope for the future. That future can be made possible by changes such as using reusable bags, refusing plastics, and recycling our items. With these changes and more, we can help reduce the number of plastics that endanger our ocean’s quality, animals, and life.