Living on the island of Magerøya, where the Barents Sea and the Norwegian Sea meet, I find constant reminders of the impact humans have on this planet, as well as my personal responsibility to be a better caretaker of the world I live in.
This summer, when my family hiked to this cove, my 5-year old daughter said, “This is a sad place, Mommy.” And although this is one of my favorite places to hike to, I couldn’t have agreed more as I looked at the driftwood riddled with water bottles, ketchup and mustard bottles, plastic crates, jugs, buoys, a computer, a stove and countless other debris.
So the question is, what am I, or we, going to do about it? As a family, we can carry out some trash each time we hike there. If each hiker did the same thing, that would be a start. And next summer we need to organize a volunteer day to pick up trash, and a boat to haul it away. Any other suggestions? Because one thing is for certain – it’s not going to magically disappear.