Thursday, September 27, 2012

Day 336 - Sept. 26, 2012

lifeguard tower 26 - Ocean Park, Santa Monica CA
trash collected for 20 min. 
2.5 pounds 
1,268.3 pounds total 

11 cigarettes

A high school student in Maui follows The Daily Ocean. She calls herself the Blue Menpachi. Cool name! She's got a blog, and does a video blog on Youtube. Here's her stunning video of the 100 pounds of trash she got during her Maui International Coastal Cleanup Day. 

"I had only three trash bags with me yesterday and I thought it was funny cause I wanted to continue cleaning but I ran out of trash bags. However, I was able to find two more plastic bags 
of sorts that was on the coastline. So it was kind of funny because 
I guess the ocean really does provide whatever you need." - the Blue Menpachi

The Blue Menpachi found a perfectly good lawn chair, a metal drawer, wood and lots of cigarette butts among the liter. She showed us how plastic gets fragile and breaks apart when 
left out in the sun and surf. This is called photodegrading. 

I appreciate her attitude while showing us the trash she found. She lets her findings do the "talking." One cardinal rule in writing fiction is the principle of show don't tell. Her efforts show us what's out there and show us how much she cares which inspires me. 

People care about the ocean. If you care, you are not alone. Together we can really make a difference.