When the Plastics Problem Hits Home
|Plastic bottle found floating in the Clackamas River, Oregon|
This has often been my experience. I'd love to take action to reduce plastic usage-- of course I'm not pro-plastics. There are just seemingly more pressing tasks in everyday life that manage to take priority.
The other day, though, the plastics problem hit home for me. I found this bottle floating while paddling a local river. A Red Merganser Duck was pushing it around with its beak, but flew away once we got closer. As a whitewater kayaker, I love the river. It's where I get away from the concrete of the city and enjoy pristine water and a variety of wildlife. So seeing this plastic bottle was personal for me; I feel a sense of attachment to this place. Even though it was only one bottle, the problem of plastics in our waterways affected me more directly than ever, and I did not like it at all.
Here's a challenge: let's tackle this issue, together, before it becomes more tangible. Let's clear our oceans and waterways and keep them clear. Reduce plastic usage. Reuse what we can. Recycle more. Write our Elected Officials. Sign petitions. Share what we're doing with our communities. When it's all said and done, let's go enjoy those wonderfully clean waterways and oceans.