My wife and I were recently in the beautiful country of Bermuda. Breathtaking beaches with pink sand, the colour of the water looks fake because it’s so vibrant and the people are incredibly friendly and welcoming. Ever feel like a jerk when you’re being nice, because the person you’re talking to is just so much nicer than you are? Yeah, that’s Bermuda. It’s the type of place that you visit and immediately start planning your return, when you have only just arrived.
Unfortunately the beauty of our beaches around the world is not sustainable at our current rate of consumption. More importantly, our consumption of items that are “use once”, plastic wrapped or made out of plastic. It was early morning on our last day in this island paradise. We were at a private beach prior to the crews going out that rake up the seaweed and debris that the current and tide wash up on shore. In the first 30 minutes, I was able to pick up approximately 50 pounds of plastic waste. It made me feel sick because my efforts were watched by other tourists who were sunbathing among the rubbish (I wish I had a photo of them, but I do not). As I sat on the beach letting the sand run through my toes, it was evident that the beautiful pink sands were mixed with an array of photo-degenerated plastic. This is not a problem that’s unique to Bermuda, nor am I picking a fight with this country. This is a heartbreaking reality that affects every beach around the world and the marine life that calls our planet’s oceans and lakes home.
If you’ve read this far, reach out to me or comment on this post to let me know how you plan to advocate change. If you’ve read this far and plan not to do anything, make sure you let your children and/or grandchildren know that’s what your decision was when change had a chance to make a difference. Together we’re strong and have a chance to get the government to mandate companies to give us alternatives to plastic products that end up in our oceans.