It’s very true what they say about not appreciating what you have until it’s gone. I have been lucky enough to live right next to the beach on the beautiful Sunshine Coast my entire life, until last year I moved away for the first time (I did actually move back, but last week moved again to the Gold Coast). And while the Gold Coast does still have kilometres and kilometres of gorgeous sandy beaches, I am now a fifteen minute drive to the beach, rather than a two minute walk. At first this was a big shock for me, it seemed so far away. But then I got to thinking, how incredibly LUCKY are we that a fifteen minute drive to the beach is deemed inconvenient and far away!? So many people never get the chance to swim in warm, clear water or lay on white, sandy beaches nearly all year round.
In Australia our beaches are a huge part of our lifestyle and who we are. We should be appreciating, nurturing and protecting this blessing, but it seems too many of us take it for granted. It’s everywhere, it’s there everyday, it’s not going anywhere anytime soon right? Wrong. Our oceans are diminishing before our eyes and WE are the problem.
Capt. Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation first discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch — an endless floating waste of plastic trash. He is a brilliant speaker and is now drawing attention to the growing, choking problem of plastic debris in our seas. I don’t feel I can communicate just how serious our ocean crisis is, so instead listen to Capt. Moore’s speech and see for yourself.