My cousins visited me from Atlanta last week. The first thing they noticed when we headed towards the water was that it was really filthy. I was a bit embarrassed since it isn’t really like this all the time. We are lucky enough to have the park service clean the area on a daily basis, but sometimes, depending on the weekend or if there’s a holiday, what washes up on shore is really disgusting.
This, however, isn’t the case in most beaches and lakes. They are filled with plastic, and we don’t even know it. It’s all about convenience… It’s pretty obvious that we are killing ourselves for convenience. We drive to most places instead of walk, we hate to move and rather clap things on and off, remote control this and that, and plastic for everything. Why is this? I figure it’s because we don’t have to wash it, store it, refill it, or carry it when we’re done; all we have to do is toss it out. Easy peasy, right? Well that’s BS people, ’cause convenience is actually going to kill us and everything else on our planet.
What can we do? Well, empower yourself! Learn how you can prevent further damage to our planet. Every time you’re going to throw something out, think about where it WILL end up. Is there a chance it can end up floating in the ocean or forever in a landfill? Recycle and reuse. And help! The next Baynanza Beach Cleanup in Miami is Saturday, April 18th, 2009. Click here for the different locations where you can volunteer.
You can also find great ways to help by contacting your city’s environmental resource or volunteer offices.
Emotional P.S. I visited the local mall (which I don’t do often) this past week, and noticed that not only parents, but the younger generation (the kids’), are mostly overweight - It’s crazy. It’s obvious that these families love convenience and engage in the same activities together: fast food, TV, Nintendo, driving, sitting… The age of convenience sucks!