This is somewhat an interim post. A bit of a spur of the moment outburst about an issue that is close to my heart. As a person who spends a large portion of my time in the ocean I feel it is only right that I give back to and defend something that has given me so much happiness.
The ocean dictates where I choose to live, my mood and has been one of the greatest influences on my life. For as long as I can remember, nothing has clamed me like the quiet that only comes by submerging yourself underwater, out of sight of the rest of the world. Mother Nature has blessed us with the ocean and the beaches that surround it for us all to enjoy. It is one of the only free things left in this world and if you decide to walk, a day at the beach will cost you a grand total of absolutely nothing.
My issue is not the overcrowding on a hot day. It isn’t even people who ride boogyboards or paddle around in the surf like they own the beach. My issue is the state that people leave the ocean in once their fun is over for the day. The influx of summer visitors to our beaches has magnified this problem to a point that makes me ashamed and angry. Every single human being who steps foot into the ocean or lives around it has the responsibility to take care of it. The equation is simple. When it comes time to leave the beach, take everything you brought with you. The plastic bottle you drank out of or the plastic bag you used to carry your towel and book do not belong in the ocean.
We are failing to uphold the moral responsibilty that is on all humans to limit our impact on the natural world. There will always be those who do not care. These people will say that one plastic bag has little or no impact, especially if they bury it in the sand. For many of us we do not see the impact our actions have on the ocean and the animals within it, but I can assure you the impacts are enormous and permanent.
If this little blurb only achieves one thing, I hope it is this: If you go to the beach, take your rubbish home with you. If you don’t have any rubbish, pick up at least one piece of someone else’s rubbish. You will feel better about yourself knowing that you are giving back to the ocean and fulfilling your resposnibility to look after the environment.
Click through below to view the trailer for Dave Rastovich’s new flick Minds in the Water. This guy deserves recognition for doing what he does.
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Until next time, Adios!
Home sweet home.