Our waters provide a means of employment for many, food, travel and entertainment. That’s what they provide us. What do we provide them? Bottles, plastic shopping bags, drifting nets, raw sewage, oil, etcetera. Not a pretty picture is it? Not only is this stuff floating around in our oceans, it’s washing up on our beaches.
On June 7 the residents of Fogo Island and Twillingate embraced the concept of World Oceans Day by taking to the coastline of their communities and pitching in to cleanup the litter. It’s a wonderful step in the right direction. If we were to all show the same care and concern for our beaches you can just imagine the results. What if you were to take it a step further and not have to prompt people to lend a hand to cleanup the refuse on the beaches? What if it were to become like second nature and we were automatically inclined to remove anything that mars the beauty of our coastlines?
It might sound like a foreign concept, but it’s something that could make a difference, not just to the appearance of the beaches but to the general health of the oceans. A little goes a long way they say, and this contribution that might seem small compared to the vastness of the ocean is not in vain.
Now if we could just figure out a permanent solution to the Manolis L. situation.
— Karen Wells