Pack It Out or Please Get Out

I have been quiet for a while writing for some other projects rather than myself.  I hate to start back negative, but I feel life on a vacation island along with a political climate that only sees the oceans as potential oil fields has struck a nerve.  I challenge you to stand outside a grocery and spot a single visitor using re-usable bags as they load up for the week on Saturday.  I look disgustedly at the number of city trucks headed to the landfill at the end of a weekend loaded with abandoned boogie boards and beach chairs. Plastic straws on the individual level?  A battle might be asking members of our choir to just stop sucking, but the war is far larger.

I was heading to the water this morning and watched someone walk out of one of the large beach rental, single family homes on Beach Avenue carrying a bag of trash. The “Visitor” proceeded to take the trash to one of the public trashcans next to my car on the beach access path and IMG_2111throw it in. He then smiles and says good morning. Well since you brought it up, No, it’s not.  I politely asked if that was his trash and if he was staying in that house.  Following two yes answers I then asked why he did not put it in private cans at the house.  His answer, “I pay $20,000 and I come here for one week. I will put it wherever I want.” I pointed out that when these cans are filled beach goers leave their trash outside the cans that then ends up in the oceans and the dunes. His response, “It’s only this much (Holding his hands a couple feet apart) and this won’tBe Angry Be Great fill up the cans.  There was no name calling or cursing beyond calling his behavior disrespectful and parasitic to those who call this home and value the LONG term health of our island.  I then encouraged him to take his $20,000 elsewhere.  This is our home every week, and if he can not take the most minimal of steps to respect our home we will continue to encourage him to find somewhere else to go where he can’t do as much damage. This entitlement mentality
is rampant. If my fellow ocean focused peers aren’t planning beyond a hashtag campaign for “Likes” while also measuring program effectiveness for sustainable positive behavioral change then they are just a momentary, warm and fuzzy distraction. Fight to win the battles. Know your role in the war. #oceanpositive #bluejourney

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