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Visiting a Plastic Paradise
Posted By Beth Terry On August 18, 2009 @ 5:21 pm In Litter,Ocean Plastic Pollution,travel and transportation | 21 Comments
I’m here in Waikiki with my family. The purpose of the trip: helping my parents. The reality of the first few days: recreation. Much needed. Walking on the beach. Climbing Diamond Head. Playing games and eating ice cream. But one thing I notice everywhere I turn: plastic. Plastic bottles and plastic trash lying on the ground. But also tiny plastic pieces that have washed up on the beach. Here are a few photos. Beautiful vistas that become heartbreaking on closer inspection. (Click on any photo to see larger.)
Diamond Head  — from a distance…
How many of us are willing to speak up and explain to shop clerks why we don’t need a plastic bag or container or bottle? How many of us are willing to add our voices to the chorus of people advocating change? It only takes a second. Speaking up sometimes feels difficult or embarrassing, but isn’t the alternative worse?
As for all the plastic waste polluting our wild places, what’s the solution? It’s hard to pinpoint the source of the plastic pollution on the beach. Those particles have been out in the ocean for a long time. But the plastic bags, wrappers, and bottles littering Diamond Head? Those didn’t wash up from somewhere else. They were deposited by tired tourists unwilling to carry out their own trash.
It seems to me as an outsider that an anti-littering campaign is in order, including more conveniently located containers. There is a big one at the Diamond Head trailhead.
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