Debris In the Sea (and elsewhere)
By Carol Baines
May 15, 2007
"A vast swath of the Pacific, twice the size of Texas, is
full of a plastic stew that is entering the food chain. Scientists
say these toxins are causing obesity, infertility...and worse."
I've noticed something for quite some time now. I've seen several
discarded bicycles in Ketchikan Creek. It seems some people,
probably kids, think Ketchikan Creek is a depository for unwanted
bicycles. Why ruin a picturesque part of town with refuse?
As for plastics, it's definitely a problem. We don't want our
great Alaskan fish and other sea animals to get sick and/or become
extinct. When I go shopping, I put two or three used plastic
bags in my pocket or handbag. I reuse plastic containers that
something else originally came in when empty, or coffee cans
for storing staples such as rice, beans, flour, cereal, sugar,
etc. They can be decorated and labeled, and you save money by
not having to buy special containers for food.
I've combined a trip to the beach with "beachcombing"
for plastic and other debris. (You'd be surprised how many bags
of trash fill the garbage containers afterward.) You can also
find little treasures like sea shells and pieces of colored glass
that have been pounded by the sea into interesting and pretty
objects to use for art projects.
I know these are just small things to do, but we have to start
somewhere, right? If more of us do it, it would start to make
a difference. Let's honor Mother Earth on Mother's Day and every
Received May 13, 2007 - Published May 15, 2007
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