‘It saddens me to see this precious area littered’
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.