- if you go north, you end up in Hudsons bay - leads to the atlantic and arctic ocean
- if you go south, you end up in the Pacific ocean
Do you ever wonder where most of our plastic goes when it is not disposed properly at a recycling centre? It goes into our rivers,lakes and oceans. Picture your own home being wrapped around a bunch of plastic, taking the colour away from it, having a hard time to adjust to the bunch of plastic around you, that is exactly what is happening to the plastic that is ending up in our oceans and rivers. These plastic go through a long journey and sometimes don't end up making it into the ocean, but pieces of it do, they might get stuck onto a branch, but a piece of it will freely continue to swim as it reaches the ocean. When it reaches the ocean, it starts to affect the ocean animals, the plastic will either trap the animals, or the wildlifes will assume it is food, then end up dying because of it. And often the animals use it as a part of their ecosystem, using it for their homes. These plastics can stay in our ocean for up to 1000 years. Starting from the north saskatchewan river and going north, as you follow along the stream that takes you to a bunch of rivers and lakes, you will eventually end up in the hudson's bay and from the hudson's bay you'll reach your destination to the atlantic and/or arctic ocean. However, if you go south, you will end up in the pacific ocean. Our ecosystem is very diverse with the very different animals around different parts of the oceans, and they all eventually get affected by the plastic that surrounds the ocean.