a helping hand
I have surfed Sydney’s north shore beach at Manly for fifteen years. After every session I made a point of looking for a bit of plastic on the beach to pick up and put in the garbage. It usually didn’t take long. Pretty much after every surf I would pass recently discarded empty soft drinks bottles, so would pick a couple up and wonder why someone could be so brainless to visit a stunning location – then leave their trash.
Yesterday at a beach south of Sydney there was nothing left by tourists, but plenty of plastic washed up on the shore. It took me ten minutes to gather this, fitting most of it in the plastic tub and carrying it with one hand to the council garbage bin at the beach steps. I have lived next to the ocean all my life and it has pretty much made me the guy I am – so this is not a political statement, but a personal one. I plan to surf for at least another fifteen years – and for something that has given me so much, I figured the least I could do was to carry on – and give it a helping hand. –