Walking with the Alligators

Walking with the Alligators
A Florida Alligator

July 9, 2013

Plastic, You’re Outta Here!

Plastic trash on the Beach in Hawaii
Picture credit: NOAA
I have been wanting to address this Issue for months and with this announcement today,
it is now time.
The city of Los Angeles, my home for over 30 years, who is continually at the forefront and frequently a leader in cutting edge everything, has just passed the most exciting eco-friendly legislature in its history.
It has banned single-use plastic bags.
I can see Ed Begley Jr. smiling from here~
So now, how long will it take for the rest of us to get on board this Eco-train?
The damage done Globally by all kinds of plastics, cannot easily be assessed.
It injures, affects, hurts and kills so many types of animals everywhere, that it is difficult to accurately measure its complete harm.
Birds, turtles, dolphins, whales and many other sea animals are all being found with plastic pieces, some quite large, that they have ingested in the waters all over the world.
Baby chicks of sea birds in remote parts of the Pacific, have been found starving to death due to the plastic pieces that they are being fed instead of food, mistakenly by their unaware parents.
It just goes on and on.
So, my request, my hope, is that we collectively, will try to do our best to get plastic out of our lives.
As for myself, I can only offer up what I have done for so many years and that is to find alternatives to plastic in every form.
When and if any plastic does regretfully make its way home, it is dealt with as the potential killer that it truly is.
It is disposed of very carefully, always with an animal ending up being harmed by it in mind.
I am so proud of L.A. for being a leader on this extremely important Issue and applaud them.
Where I now live in Florida, on our street, we are one of very few who even put out a recycle bin for the trash collectors each week.
So sad!
Each of us can do this, we can help by simply making a small change in our lives and spare animals a painful, horrible death, by just not buying plastic,  each and every time that we can choose an alternative.
Think baby steps, take it one plastic product, one plastic choice at a time and pretty soon it could be, it can be, gone from all of our lives.
And finally, picture a hungry baby bird with its tiny belly filled up with bits of plastic, perhaps that will be all the motivation you will ever need?
You know that we can do this~
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