We woke up early this morning and decided to go for a long walk on the beach. You’ve seen the photos we’ve been posting – the beach here is beautiful!
The past few days have been stormy and thus, the sea has been really rough. Quite a lot of seaweed has washed up on shore, and, to our surprise, so has a lot of rubbish.
We were amazed by how much plastic comes out of the sea on days when the sea is rough. in a stretch of about a mile, we picked up so much plastic that we had to find bins and throw away 3 loads of the stuff.
When we began walking, I would see a random piece of plastic and think, ‘leaving that little piece there won’t make a difference”. Then it struck me that if I picked that piece up, it would be one less piece in the ocean that could hurt the wildlife. I remembered this story that I heard long ago:
One day as a man was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself to think of someone who would dance to the day. So he began to walk faster to catch up. As he got closer, he saw that it was a young man and the young man wasn’t dancing, but instead he was reaching down to the shore, picking up something and very gently throwing it into the ocean.
As he got closer, he called out, “Good morning! What are you doing?” The young man paused, looked up and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”
“I guess I should have asked, Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”
“The sun is up and the tide is going out. And if I don’t throw them in they’ll die.”
“But young man, don’t you realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it. You can’t possibly make a difference!”
The young man listened politely. Then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea, past the breaking waves. “It made a difference for that one!”
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE – whenever you go on holiday, pick up the rubbish on the beach (every little helps…) and don’t leave your rubbish there in the first place. Every piece we dispose of properly will be one more creature that doesn’t choke to death on it.
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Sleep well and see you tomorrow