|View single post by TravelLover|
|Posted: Mon May 23rd, 2016 02:34 am||
Littering isn't a simple matter and therefore doesn't have a simplistic solution. Everyone loves a clean beach but to get there we're actually talking about changing a cultural norm. Think back to what a huge effort it took to end habitual littering on US roadways. And how long did it take? 10-15 years! Changing a cultural norm first requires taking ownership of the problem. What that means is I don't quit picking up trash once I think I've done my fair share. I don't help clean a beach a few times and then get discouraged because change hasn't come about yet. Instead, I commit to cleaning more than my fair share for many years to come.
I was born in '79 in the US, so a clean environment is all I know. If I saw a few pieces of litter here and there, I picked it up and disposed of it. I remember watching the "give a hoot, don't pollute" type of commercials. More importantly, I always had encouragement from family not to throw trash around.
I will never stop picking up trash here. I like to enjoy nature without worrying that my children will step on some broken glass, or other sharp object that has no business being on the beach.
My 9 year old son told me he actually saw people purposely breaking glass at the beaches! We were at Playa San Francisco today, and I picked up so many glass bottles and broken pieces of glass as I didn't want some jacka$$ deciding that breaking glass on beaches is entertaining!
The last time we were in Tucson, I bought extra trash compactor bags from Costco so I had a steady supply of sturdy trash bags for beach cleanups. Too bad I haven't found strong bags like those in this area ...
My son is 9, and my daughter is almost 5. Naturally they are going to be frustrated that they are making a strong effort to clean up the beaches, only to return to them covered in garbage. I make sure they stick to non sharp objects, while I pick up the sharp ones.
My friend living in Ecuador with her family started a "Go Fund Me" account to get donations for litter clean up supplies. Naturally I donated. Too bad she doesn't have a Costco nearby where she can buy some "Kirkland Signature Trash Compactor Bags."
They are quite useful.