Things are getting back to normal; unfortunately
I’ve been seeing a lot of trash in the ocean and bay lately. Not too long ago, at the beginning of the pandemic, I had written about how the planet was healing itself and nature was reclaiming itself. The water and air were so clean. Now it seems to be getting back to normal, although I don’t remember seeing so much trash in the water as I do now.
What I mean is, I live on the bay, so daily I look out at the water and for all these years I really didn’t see anything floating around in the water. Now I do on a daily basis. It’s trash — paper and plastic. I’m not sure why there is more these days than in days past, but it’s out there.
The cartoon above is not really funny, it’s sad, it’s a commentary on how our wildlife is being treated.
Ironically, I’m not seeing as many people out in the water as during the pandemic. Back then, there were people in boats, paddle boarding, kayaking and I used to see one couple floating around on a large inner tube for hours — on a daily basis. They would lazily go from one end of our little inlet to the other. And with all of these “quiet,” “gentle” forms of water activities, there was no pollution or trash. Now that we’re back to motors and boat tours, ships and tourists and the lot, it’s showing.
I got the cartoon idea below, which ran at the beginning of the pandemic, by what I would see daily — lots of water sports activities.
Originally published at tomversation.com on June 3, 2022.