You are probably expecting me to show you some of our beautiful rock pools, or unique marine ecosystems or the amazing surf beaches of our area, and I agree, these are beautiful treasures. However, the treasures I want to talk to you about today are the ones that are there every day, most of you don’t see them, most of you don’t know them. They are the amazing people that unselfishly devote there time to keep our beautiful area looking the way you see and boast about to your friends and families. Today I want to introduce you to a couple of them, I want you to be inspired by them, and I want you to respect them, and if you happen to see them I want you to know them.
Rain, hail or shine they will be out there quietly and unobtrusively doing what they do, and just what do they do, I can tell you’re wondering. They are our eco-warriors, picking up all the rubbish that is left behind by careless people, the rubbish that our poor ocean is spewing up on her high tide mark every night. The food wrappers, the empty bottles and cans, the discarded broken beach paraphernalia and the dreaded broken “recyclable”plastics and worst of all, the soft plastics. These people are the hidden treasures of our communities, too often overlooked or taken for granted, these are the people we should be directing our children to take note of, to be inspired by.
Just two of our hidden treasures and environmental warriors
Living sustainably and with true environmental awareness, is a way of life, it is making the choice to be inspired to make the change, no matter how small. If you can do just one thing, make just one small sustainable change and then encourage only one or two people to make a difference and they encourage only one or two people and so on, then that small difference can become a big difference. Be the inspiration, just like our eco-warriors, not for the ego, but for the environment, be that person that no one sees or knows, be one of the hidden treasures, and just be happy to make the difference.
This is a sample of the broken plastics that I pick up on my morning walks. This is just a small amount of what the ocean is spewing up on her tide mark every day. The only solution is to make a move away from plastics, making smarter decisions, deciding to buy products that are not contained in plastic. You to can help by removing this from our shores if you see it, pick it up and place it in a garbage bin. If it is allowed to be washed back into the ocean than it is too easily ingested by the marine life, sometimes causing slow agonising deaths. If you would really like to help make a difference then you can choose to buy and use products that are not packaged in these plastics.