February 15, 2018
This past weekend we traveled to Ada Beach and although I am not going to do a separate post about the town and beach specifically, I do want to do a post over something that has been weighing on my heart since I got here two weeks ago (feels like a lifetime) and really hit me hard this past weekend.
A few days ago, I wrote in my post Nzuelo: The Stilt Village about how plastic is such a problem here, how it is everywhere and recycling isn’t a thing. I am in no way shaming the people in this country, I just want to raise awareness of a problem occurring all over the world and encourage you to take part and stop it before it is a reality everywhere. The pictures I am about to share are iPhone photos I took this weekend when we were at an estuary (where the mouth of the river meets the ocean).
I am not sure how I ended up turning this into an entire post because it was supposed to just be an excerpt at the end of my last one but here we are.
I hope that these pictures make you think. If you are one to litter, I hope you think twice before you do it again. I hope you are encouraged to by reusable items and if you don’t already, take advantage of recycling. Instead of buying plastic baggies and using them for everything, try making your own food storage or using mason jars. It might be a little more time consuming and a little less convenient but it will be worth it. I challenge you to all be mindful of your purchases and your waste and to make an effort to make a difference. This doesn’t mean you have to never buy plastic again but making small, conscious decisions, a difference will be made.
I hard for us (the international students) not to use plastic here because thats all they have. We can’t drink the water unless we boil it and even if we did, we dont have enough time to boil the amount of water we would need to stay hydrated. However, we have all taken many step to reuse the plastic we do have to buy and when we do dispose of it, we do it properly (aka not throwing it on the ground). It is weird for me to write a post about reducing the use of plastic when I am not making the strides I one day hope to make but remember, its the little actions that can lead to a big change.
If you are interested in reducing plastic or just your waste in general, check out some of these articles!
The Zero Rate Memoirs (check out this entire site!)