Words and pictures will never be able to convey what we witnessed.I learned today that a boater ran into the pier with his 52' yacht. As soon as we moved our eyes away from the scene and to the beach, we could hardly believe the mess that lay ahead of us. To say that it looked like people dumped their trashcans on the beach wouldn't be stretching it. There were more littered water bottles than we had ever seen... and as the tide was coming up littered plastics were washing in and out.
It was a sad sad scene.
|Claire found these sunglasses that brought out another side of her personality ;)|
When my bag was full, I said to my family: "I haven't found many cigarette butts. Just focus on cigarette butts and throw away the bigger stuff." And we looked and we looked, but they really weren't there in the numbers we have seen in the past. In 2011, when we did our Memorial Day cleanup we picked up 487. This year? 43 cigarette butts in 20 minutes. FORTY-THREE!!!!!! No piles. None being uncovered by the incoming tide. Just some stray littered butts. Perfect? Nope. Better? ABSOLUTELY!!
"Love the beach? Care about marine life? As soon as you set foot on the sand, both are your responsibility."
Let me remind everyone to not feel overwhelmed or defeated by problems that seem too big to make a difference. Find a mantra. Repeat it over and over again until you believe in it. And when you waiver and second guess yourself. Start repeating it again. I say this:
I cannot do everything, but I can do something. I will not let what I cannot do get in the way of what I can do.
*I* am the difference.
20 minutes on May 27, 2013 at Access 16Litter by weight: 10 lbs 9.3 oz
Cigarette butts: 43
Total amount of cigarette butts removed from Wrightsville Beach, NC in 186 days: