This morning I left my air conditioned bed room, switched on the lounge room lights with a flick of a switch and entered the kitchen with the sole intention of flicking another switch to boil the jug. I do love a cup of tea first thing in the morning.
Have I mentioned that I LOVE electricity. Thank you, Ergon, for working through the post Cyclone Yasi weather and days of personal trauma to ensure we all got reconnected again. Three days without electricity almost did my head in!
I take electricity for granted. I failed to remember how easy and wonderful it makes life until suddenly it was taken away.
Our oceans are like this as well: a thing that we may take for grated we may not remember how easy and wonderful they made life until suddenly the ocean and ocean lifestyle is gone.
Every piece of litter, especially plastic, that enters our ocean is a turn of the "off" switch. Our litter is poisoning our ocean, changing the ocean environment and killing our food chain.
Don't wait too long to take the ocean for granted. Pick up every piece of plastic you see on the ground and recycle it correctly. DO NOT let it slip away into a storm drain to find shelter on our reefs where the fish eat it, die and another fish eats them and dies from the plastic, etc, etc.
To understand the urgency of citizen recycling and the problem of plastic pollution, check out 5 Gyres:
The short-term convenience of using and throwing away plastic products carries a very inconvenient long-term truth. These plastic water bottles, cups, utensils, electronics, toys, and gadgets we dispose of daily are rarely recycled in a closed loop. We currently recover only 5% of the plastics we produce. What happens to the rest of it? Roughly 50% is buried in landfills, some is remade into durable goods, and much of it remains “unaccounted for”, lost in the environment where it ultimately washes out to sea.
Pick up a piece of plastic trash today. Feel good when you drop the plastic into the bin rather than let it wash out to sea (and don't let me be the only visible Wally that picks up the rubbish off the street).