Posts tagged green
Posts tagged green
Found at the beach in Senggigi, Lombok, Indonesia. Everything here is so naturally beautiful - but there’s rubbish everywhere which spoils it so, so much.
Submitted by Genevieve
How clean is your house? Are you a neat freak? Sloppy? Lazy? Do you leave a pile of dirty dishes on the sink for a week?
I’m fortunate enough to be spending time in Hawaii right now and I absolutely love it here. It really is the closest thing to paradise I’ve ever seen. However as I was walking along the beach today picking up other peoples rubbish and filth, I couldn’t help but assume that there must be a large amount of the population who have adopted the attitude of treating the planet like their own personal lounge room. I mean why else would you throw rope into the ocean? Or leave a plastic bottle on the sand? Is your mum going to come along later on and pick it up like she must do at home? Is the cleaning lady going to vacuum around your feet as you sunbake on the beach? Will you pick it up next week when you finally wash the dishes?
The amount of rubbish that washes up on the beaches of Hawaii from all over the world astounds me. It really highlights how important it is that each piece of rubbish ends up in the bin - you just don’t know how far your piece of litter will travel when you throw it on the ground. It could end up in Hawaii - weeks, months, years later - potentially damaging nature or injuring wildlife along the way. It’s so simple and yet so many people seem to be struggling with the concept.
But anyway. Here is the loot that I picked up off the beach in Hawaii today.
I hope that I inspired others on the beach to do the same and together we can keep it looking this good all the time. I feel happy that I got all this off the beach, knowing that I may have just prevented damage or harm to wildlife, people and nature. It’s not much, but it’s something. And if EVERYBODY helped, we wouldn’t have this problem in the first place.
Yes, graffiti can be an eyesore. However I couldn’t help but smile when I spotted this on a telephone pole today during my daily treasure hunt. The perfect reminder of why I am on this mission in the first place - to get the population thinking about the impact they have on the planet, and how to work together for change.
But it got me thinking. What does it mean to put the PLANET BEFORE PROFIT? Is it solely aimed at the invisible and anonymous CEO’s of major companies? Or is it aimed at everyday people like you and me? Is the definition of “PROFIT” limited to just making money, or does it also mean convenience, laziness, ignorance? To me, PROFIT is any kind of personal gain at the planet’s expense. Driving, clothes dryers, plastic bags, littering, upgrading to the ‘newest model’ phone, computer, television every time one comes out. ALL examples of convenience, laziness and PROFIT. Every decision you make affects the planet. Every time you PROFIT through one of these things, the planet suffers.
I believe we are all faced with choices everyday in which we can choose to put the planet before profit. The responsibility lies with every single one of us and there is no excuse for not participating.
If you don’t need to drive to the corner store, WALK. If you have the time, DINE-IN at the restaurant and save the packaging used by TAKE AWAY. If the weather is sunny, use a clothes LINE, not a clothes DRYER. And most importantly, if you see LITTER on the ground, please pick it up.
PLANET BEFORE PROFIT
PLANET BEFORE CONVENIENCE
PLANET BEFORE LAZINESS
PLANET BEFORE SELFISHNESS
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While out on my daily rubbish run today (a.k.a treasure hunt) I encountered this handkerchief. Quite disgusting and not exactly what I would call a treasure, but still trash that needed picking up. But I came prepared with the right equipment so I could pick it up without getting anything nasty on me, and I put it straight in the bin where it belongs.
Picking up litter is such a great thing to do for the planet, but your safety should be your number one priority. So, here are a few ideas to help you become a professional and safe Treasure Hunter.
1. Don’t take risks! I’m talking about sharp objects, heights, unknown substances, etc… there are some things you just shouldn’t touch.
2. Wear GLOVES! Pretty obvious as to why.
3. Take a bag with you wherever you go, that way you’re always ready to spring into action and get lots of litter off the ground and into the bin.
4. Be sun-smart :)
5. Put your walking shoes on and turn your treasure hunt into your daily exercise routine!
6. Keep an eye out for wildlife and be sure not to disturb any animal homes, like birds nests, burrows, etc.
7. Always wash your hands after you touch any rubbish.
8. NEVER LITTER. Lead By Example.
9. Take your camera for when you find a TREASURE. Then share it with Talkin Trash so that everyone can see what you found!
10. Look at ways you can reduce your impact on the environment by buying recycled and recyclable materials. Buy second-hand clothes, WALK to the shop, don’t print emails, turn off lights when you leave a room, avoid clothes dryers when possible… Remember, ONE SMALL STEP for Mother Nature is all it takes!
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Over the last year I have been lucky enough to live/work/travel to Hawaii, Thailand and Australia and I plan to continue travelling for as long as I can. To me, nothing beats the feeling of pure freedom, being lost, confused, challenged and the sheer adventure of being somewhere you’ve never been before.
I’ve also been lucky enough to travel to places such as USA, Malaysia, Vanuatu, New Zealand and Canada and have had my eyes opened to a bigger world full of beauty, diversity and culture. I love getting an insight into how people are living their day-to-day lives - it’s always a humbling experience.
The one thing that always astounds and upsets me though is the seemingly large percentage of the world that is STILL unconcerned and not participating in the preservation of our beautiful planet. No matter where I have gone in life, no matter the location or how remote, I am always saddened to see evidence of humans in the form of rubbish.
TRASH. GARBAGE. LITTER. RUBBISH. Call it what you want - I am SICK of it. Rubbish on beautiful beaches, trash in gardens, litter in the ocean - it breaks my heart. Each piece represents ONE CARELESS ACT from ONE CARELESS PERSON.
Everywhere I go, I pick up litter. Be in one piece, 10 pieces or a whole bag full. Not only do I feel better about myself, the environment I am in and the nature I have helped protect, but I have a small hope that the people around me might witness my act of kindness for mother nature and be inspired to do the same.
So. My purpose is this.
From this day on I pledge to pick up trash EVERYDAY and share with you the UGLIEST, STRANGEST, MOST INTERESTING and UNEXPECTED things I find out there in the world. Over the years I have found jewellery, backpacks, journals, trinkets, toys, letters and many other cool and unusual things!
I invite YOU to join me on my quest and take ONE SMALL STEP for mother nature, and share with me the interesting discarded treasures you find along the way.
Wherever you are on this planet, I invite you to take action, stand up for our beautiful planet and let it know that YOU care. One Small Act of Kindness is all it takes to start something GREAT.
To start things off, I’d like to share a photo of a discarded treasure. I found this toy horse half buried in the sand while walking along the beach at Victor Harbor, in South Australia. Along with the other garbage I picked up that day, I was happy to take it off the beach, where it did not belong. A cute little find!
If you have found something cute, pretty, quirky in your quest to help mother nature, please share it with me - I’d love to see it! Click on Share Your Treasure to participate.