I have seen the horror pictures of the acres of plastic pollution floating in the world’s oceans. It’s the stuff of nightmares. We are told that by the year 2050, there will be more plastic in the sea than fish. Think about that!
On recent walks with my little dog I have noticed ever-increasing pieces of litter scattered throughout the several acres of parkland near my home. So much so that yesterday afternoon I took a garbage bag on the walk and gathered up the tossed plastic drink bottles, empty chip packets and other rubbish. By the time I reached a bin, my bag was full to overflowing.
Did my small act of rubbish collection achieve anything, I wonder. Perhaps not - but I feel a great need to stop at least some stuff from being swept into the drains during the next tropical downpour.
This plastic pollution of our seas is killing fish and other sea life, including birds.
So, what a minuscule act of mine that was, compared with the problem that exists – and yet, if everyone – EVERYONE - did what I did yesterday and picked up a few bits and pieces…wait, hang on…if everyone FIRSTLY did NOT throw rubbish where they stood, but dealt responsibly with it, the problem would surely be greatly minimised. But is it too late?
I will not start on the excessive plastic packaging situation, nor will I go on about the ridiculous use of single use shopping bags, nor the production of never-ending (often useless) plastic ‘goods’.
It makes my head spin.
And yet… And yet… Is this the worst problem that faces today’s world?
My head is more than spinning when I try to follow it all and make some sense of what’s going on.
My head is almost exploding with the problems of the world and every time I sit at the desk to add a blog post, my mind feels like the ocean – filled with rubble - but this rubble isn’t plastic pieces; it’s all the awful things that are going on in this world of ours.
What is happening? Sure, there are still nice and good and helpful and positive actions taking place daily around the globe but…but…far too many not nice, not good, not helpful, negative things occurring.
In Australia we have the inhumane act of keeping asylum seekers imprisoned on Manus Island for years. Nothing short of torture.
Australian politics in general is in disarray, with stupid distractions forever keeping the government from doing its job of – yes – governing.
Australia is about to gift billions of $$$ to an Indian coal miner – instead of funding renewable energy solutions. (Can you believe it?)
In USA, there is Donald Trump. What can I say, except he is now the whole world’s problem, it seems.
Over the entire world there is the threat of global warming…It is not going away!
I keep thinking, ‘I must write about that’ and then change my mind because it’s either too horrible, too upsetting or simply unbelievable (think Donald Trump).
It’s almost like I’ve developed an allergic reaction to my computer, as each time I move towards it to write, I feel compelled to back away – too unwilling to put words into a blog.
But, here I am and I have written something.
Make sense of it if you can.
I choose to comment on social issues and write creatively on a variety of subjects - for a variety of audiences.