Shameful people

Sunday 19th June 2022

I can hardly believe I’ve been in Fiji for 12 days now, how time flies when you’re having fun! It really is so beautiful here, the water is crystal clear and warm as bath water, the islands are so pretty,  the snorkeling is great and the coral is looking very healthy, at least from what we’ve seen so far.

Yet despite all the incredible beauty around us, it’s so disheartening to see the sheer amount of trash littering the beaches, so much broken glass from discarded beer bottles, cans, plastic bottles, plastic bags, shoes and other unwanted, used up stuff that shameful people just discard with no respect or thought for the islands, or the wildlife. I can’t ever remember it being this bad.

When our friends David and Karen were with us, they kayaked ashore to a resort and filled buckets and bags with trash off the beach, then handed it in to the resort for (hopefully) correct disposal.  I wish more people would be that thoughtful.

The little beach Bob and I visited yesterday away from the resort had so much trash, when I suggested we should do like David and Karen and collect it to be disposed of properly, Bob said there was so much trash we would need a skip not a bag. I would still like to try and clean up the beaches we visit, although sadly my efforts wouldn’t make the slightest difference; what we need is for people to be more respectful and responsible and not simply throw their trash away. I live in hope.

In the meantime if everyone visiting a beach  picked up and disposed of the trash properly, just think of the difference that would make, even if everyone only picks up one piece of trash.

From now on I’m going to do that, please join me :)

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