Saturday, May 17, 2014
Are we all barking mad?
I'd say we are. Truly.
My town's annual cleanup day was today. A couple of miles of coast and both sides of the main road and a few side roads.
The turn out was great. About 30 of us from a town of about 150+. Those who were gone away for the weekend cleaned up stretches of the road during the past week. The town is fortunate in that the people who care, really care.
But you guys! The garbage collected! We lost count. Picture above is of about 30% of what we collected. We figured close to 100 bags, 3 truckloads to the dump.
I myself collected 3 full bags.
About 90% of it plastic: Tubs, bags, bottles, floats, fishing net pieces, wrappers.
Surely it's about time we stopped using plastic? And only used recyclable or cloth grocery bags (I do) and drank water from the tap (I do)and filled our own bottles (I do) if we insist on walking around like big babies with a bottle to our lips all the time. (Gee, our ancestors worked hard in the fields or on the water or in mines and didn't suck off bottles all day long, think about it.)
We need serious anti-disposable plastic laws in place. I'm writing an article for next weekend's paper on this.
I live on an island.
We are drowning in plastic. I can't bear thinking about the birds, fish and animals who choke on this stuff every day from the plastic we don't even see.
Stop it already.