Living on the beautiful island of Magerøya provides many opportunities to go hiking, biking, fishing, skiing, boating and the list goes on. As my photos attest, the North Cape region is spectacular. One of my favorite things to do is go hiking and explore hidden coves along the coastline. I feel like a little kid again and am thrilled when I find driftwood, shells and polished glass. A genuine treasure hunt!
Sadly, that’s not all I find.
Finding such large amounts of trash and debris along these magnificent coastlines is heartbreaking and overwhelming. I started reading about ocean pollution after we moved here and the facts are scary. If you haven’t read about trash vortexes, I highly recommend it. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a ferocious monster estimated to be twice the size of Texas. If that’s not scary, I don’t know what is.
When faced with this ugly problem, I have to ask myself what am I going to do about it? And my simple answer to myself is, “Pick up the trash you see, Erica.” That simple. If I do it, and others do it as well, together we can make a difference.
In addition, I’ve chosen to write about it for some children’s articles and now here on the blog. And as an artist, I’m working on an installation that will be completed in 2013, with the main goal of raising awareness and funds for cleaning up the coastline. Those are my simple solutions for a complicated problem. Maybe if we all come up with simple solutions we’ll find we make a major impact on a gigantic problem.
Ocean Pollution: What’s your solution?