Letter: Plastic’s terrible toll evident in Sakonnet waters too

Posted 8/21/19

To the editor:


For most of my life, I have heard about the dismal effects of plastic waste on the environment and the wildlife therein. I, however, would shrug it off and never really see the …

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Letter: Plastic’s terrible toll evident in Sakonnet waters too

Posted

To the editor:


For most of my life, I have heard about the dismal effects of plastic waste on the environment and the wildlife therein. I, however, would shrug it off and never really see the impact of my trash.

The first time that I really felt inspired to make a difference was after seeing the movie ‘A Plastic Ocean’ a few years ago. This film explores the world of trash outside of the almost pristine bubble that we live in. The filmmakers found deceased birds with hundreds of minuscule pieces of plastic inside their stomachs. I was devastated and appalled. Looking at what we had done to these animals, I needed to make a difference.

I implored my family to cut down on plastic. We bought reusable bags and packed them in the trunks of our cars for any trip to the grocery store. I made sure that nothing left in the trash could be recycled. I reduced my usage of plastic straws and cups. I tried to not use plastic water bottles and to always bring my own. Most of all, however, I was cognizant of my plastic waste. Simply being aware made all the difference in the world.

After surfing this wave of anti-plastic reform, it was easy to fall off. However, every summer, the issue of plastic waste is prevalent as a sailing instructor at Sakonnet Yacht Club and as an avid beach-goer. I have found water jugs washed up on the beach and birthday balloons in the Sakonnet River. This fuels me. I have reduced my plastic waste because I want to keep the beautiful shores of my town beautiful. I encourage all of the residents of this beautiful area to reduce their plastic waste and to keep our precious corner of the world the stunning place that it is.

Jake Carlson

Little Compton

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