Thursday, September 13, 2007

plastics in paradise?!

I just arrived from an out-of-town photo shoot in Boracay. At first, I thought it would be a nice junket – the location being one of my favorite beaches – until I took a morning stroll along the shoreline.

My path was strewn with plastic waste, each piece half-embedded in the sand along with decaying organic debris, all washed ashore during the previous night. Everything from disposable lighters, rubber slippers, sunglasses, food wrappers, bags, water bottles and even hangers! See pics below, right.

From afar, the non- biodegradable pollutants of the pristine-looking beach weren't discernible (below). But they were there – repulsive replacements of calcified starfish and corals that once adorned the long stretch of white sand.

I believe that public ignorance, as well as apathy, are the culprits. In my own little way, I would like to help spread the word to the guilty:

"Eat your own f__king trash if you can't dispose of them properly, you morons!?! *#?!"

Sorry, but that was the nicest way I could put it. :-)

The WWF Panda Be@rbrick (top, left) was commissioned by the World Wide Fund for Nature, one of the world's largest and most effective independent organizations dedicated to the conservation of our natural habitat.

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6 comments:

Socky said...

I love this post, Ariel. I see you also bring your bearbricks with you to the beach. Don't lose them, they're plastic, too.

Bearbrick Lover: said...

While I was clicking away with my point-&-shoot, I suddenly realized that my Be@rbrick was missing – washed away by the surf! I practically had to dive to get it back! :-D

Carrie said...

Well said! This drives me nuts. The beach is my favorite place to be. It's rare to find one that isn't strewn with litter. I wish people would show more respect for the environment. It really makes me sad.

Bearbrick Lover: said...

Carrie, what makes this doubly sad for me is the fact that this is a very important beach in our country. If we destroy this one, there'd be nothing much left...

I hope the local officials do something about it fast...

Anna said...

The scary part is that we have the same here, everywhere where you go, parks, highway ramps are very popular for throwing garbage out. When I traveled to Singapore once, there I was in favor of their laws, you could easily get fined for spitting a gum on the ground, never mind other laws that cost you lot of money. Anna :)

Bearbrick Lover: said...

Yes, Anna, sometimes I tend to think that strict laws like the ones in Singapore may be the only way to discipline people. :-)