‘It sad­dens me to see this pre­cious area lit­tered’

Times Standard (Eureka) - - OPINION - Cresta Delphena Schiefer, Trinidad

Sun­day af­ter­noon of Memo­rial Day week­end was beau­ti­ful. My hus­band and I took some time to sit on Launch Beach near the Lit­tle Head in Trinidad. My heart warmed to wit­ness fam­i­lies of all ages en­joy­ing them­selves as well — kayak­ing, pic­nick­ing, play­ing fetch with their pups and just re­lax­ing. As we left, I no­ticed a sig­nif­i­cant amount of lit­ter in the park­ing lot and promised my­self to re­turn with gloves and trash bags the next day.

So I spent some time on Memo­rial Day gath­er­ing trash around the park­ing lots be­tween the Big and Lit­tle Head. I col­lected two full bags and an arm­ful of items too large to fit in a trash bag: old to-go boxes of food and condi­ment con­tain­ers, re­ceipts, sin­gle-use face masks, sin­gle-use gloves, used hand wipes, straws, cig­a­rette butts, plas­tic cof­fee cups, plas­tic bags and alu­minum cans.

I un­der­stand that we have been ad­vised to pro­tect our­selves from a virus by wear­ing gloves, masks and eat­ing take­out, how­ever, our nat­u­ral sur­round­ings are be­ing im­pacted by th­ese be­hav­iors.

It sad­dens me to see this pre­cious area lit­tered in this way. It seems so dis­re­spect­ful to view Na­ture as some­thing we can just “Use” — to dis­tract our­selves from our prob­lems and have Her pro­vide us with beauty, fun and en­rich­ment. It is im­por­tant that we, in turn, pro­vide Na­ture with ben­e­fi­cial sup­port and care. I am all for peo­ple en­joy­ing time out­side, es­pe­cially when it is re­spect­ful, har­mo­nious and causes no harm.

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