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Pained by Plastic
I'm really lucky. I can walk (3 miles) to the beach from my house. I try to make the walk at least once a week. Usually I time it so I can catch the sunset and meet my husband or a friend at the beach so I can hop a ride home (all up hill).
Last night's walk to the beach left me very disturbed. For the 2nd time (first time was 1/9/10) I noticed large quantities of tiny pieces of plastic all along the tide lines of the beach. I literally felt sick when I saw it. Yesterday's big surf brought in more than "killer" waves. It brought in signs of our killing the ocean. You read about the Gyres but when it shows up in such a mass in your own back yard it can shake ya.
We collected as much as we could as the light faded away. We estimated it would take 3 of us at least a few days of working all day to collect the tiny fragments. We MUST stop the spigot and stop the needless use of plastic.... unless we do, the problem will only get larger and larger. For now I see it after a big surf day, but how long until this is a daily sight? Only time will tell.
harmony- this has been hitting home for me, too. all last winter we were frantically collecting as much of this stuff as we could off our oregon beaches. i mean i am seriously considering bringing along a little broom and dustpan on every beach excursion if it shows up here this winter. i don't know what is more disturbing- the sheer amount that keeps showing up, or the way it all mysteriously "goes away" and the haunting thoughts about where it goes. that is what makes me feel frantic, about making sure i pick up as much as i can. ugh. i feel ya, sister. definitely time to stop the spigot.
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