This post is part of the ‘inspirational stories for women’ and ‘stories that heal’ series.’ ‘Beach Clean-up Activity’ fits into the ‘healing the earth’ category. I loved finding an ocean-based activity that corresponded to composting on land, and I especially appreciated that this activity made this vital issue relevant and fun for kids, just as my book, The Compost Heroes, makes composting accessible to children of all ages.
During the holiday I had the good fortune to visit a beach in Florida.
Beach trash collecting is something I often do, yet I rarely see fellow ‘trash collectors.’ On this day I met a fellow collector, a local woman, who told me that five years back the beach was pristine, and that most of the garbage was washed up from people throwing garbage over the side of boats. She pointed to some young children on the beach and said: “This is the age to get them started on environmental awareness.” As author of The Compost Heroes, I could not agree more, and I am happy to add this marine activity to my land-based environmental activities for kids of all ages.
A 10-minute browse on a 10 yard stretch of beach yielded an impressive array of flotsam. Just past the next jetty, I could have picked up five times the amount – frisbee-sized bucket covers, food containers, etc., – but I limited my search to a small space and a set period of time, just to see how much could be done with a very small effort.
I remember collecting seashells as a child, admiring each shell’s unique beauty. For this generation, collecting garbage may be all they can hope for. Regrettable, yet we must work with what is in front of us, and this situation is crying out for help. Parents, grandparents, beach-combers with or without children: please consider making a bit of beach garbage ‘treasure hunting’ part of your beach activities. Kids love to collect stuff, and the marine animals will thank you for it, too; you might just be saving a sea turtle’s life every time you pick up a plastic bag or the plastic rings that hold a soda six-pack.
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Reba Linker is author and coach specializing in inspirational books for women. Her book, Follow the Yarn, leads by example, daring and encouraging others to ‘follow their own yarn,’ tell their own stories, and discover their own true voice. Her inspirational book for children, The Compost Heroes, brings composting to children in a fun and informative way.