Disgusting rubbish

cullen park rubbish point“Whoever did that it’s disgusting.”

 6-year-old grandaughter was quite clear about what she felt about the rubbish we came across in an otherwise rather attractive area in Cullen Park, Houston.

A stream winds its way through tangled woodland; along the bank a worn path follows the meanders, ideal for young explorations. But then we came across odd plastic bottles and other rubbish, which had accumulated in one particular area, probably as a result of earlier flooding.

cullen park rubbishHer reaction shows the world view at age 6. The beautiful world she is exploring despoiled by human action in leaving rubbish around. Due to the possible effects of flooding it is not clear that the rubbish was actually put in that place, but it seems pretty sure that it was deposited somewhere it should not have been,

This is not particularly a US problem. In Europe you frequently see rubbish that has been left in parks, on verges, thrown out of car windows, fly-tipped, and so on. Some countries are worse than others, but this is not the place to name names.

The situation at sea is perhaps worse. The accumulation of plastic rubbish in the Pacific Ocean is of legendary proportions – the great pacific garbage patch. Many fish and seabirds now have small particles of plastic in their gut as a result. Many die. All of that rubbish was caused to go into the sea by some deckhand, some person in authority, some private individual etc.  The problem of human rubbish is just enormous.

Plastic rubbish lasts so long in the environment that this is a problem for my grandchild’s generation that is getting worse and worse. Why are we not all fired by that same reaction? It is disgusting.

Her last words on the subject show the total unacceptability of what we and our governments appear to accept as unavoidable:

“I’m not happy with the people who did that”.

It is just not acceptable. All rubbish needs to be recycled.

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