Let’s remember that the world has a huge plastic pollution problem and someone is making you aware of it one paddle-board trip at a time…
This isn’t the first time, or the last I’m sure, that you’ll be hearing about the world’s pollution epidemic. Plastic items are usually single-use (like your Coke bottle or your Ice Mountain), creating faster and easier waste. In fact, according to the environmental activist blog onegreenplanet.com, 300 million tons of plastic is produced, but only a mere 15 percent of the product is recycled properly. Further, supposedly 8.8 million tons of plastic winds up in our oceans.
However, despite hearing this, and recognizing the damage we’ve done to our home, it’s going to take a long time for anything to change. It just doesn’t seem like the majority of humans seem to worry. There are products put in place to help get rid of the pollution, but it’s going to take a while to clean up the damage we’ve done.
Cal Major is one woman who is trying to start the trend of cleaning the Earth. Major is a UK-Based activist who has been paddle-boarding to raise awareness for the plastic pollution problem. From Plymouth to Cove, she reportedly paddle-boarded for 260 miles in order to achieve this. Doing this, Major is raising funds for a marine conservation group called “Surfers Against Sewage”. She also held beach cleanups as she did so, and she showed her progress on Facebook and Twitter.
What can we do?
Cal Major has been encouraging people to stop using plastic water bottles. Instead, she says we should switch them out for reusable ones. This isn’t a new trick of the trade or suggestion, by any means, but it’s still a useful one.
Another tip is just to remember to recycle. If you can, wait to dispose of your drink until you can recycle it elsewhere. The plastic container taking up a little space in your car until you can recycle it properly won’t be a big deal.
Even just doing that can help reduce waste more than you realize. We can’t control how others choose to dispose of their waste, but we can do something about how we dispose of it.
We might not be paddle-boarding to raise awareness, but we can take what we’ve learned and apply it in our every day lives. We can make the Earth a little cleaner for us to live on.