The children have been on a mission to collect and dispose the garbage that floats in the water around the marina. Seeing plastic trash litter the shores of pristine islands, thousands of miles from anywhere, left an impression. We might talk about the impact of consumption and pollution around the main cabin table now and again. They understand well the threat it poses to marine life and ocean health, and see our marina as a point they can intercept this junk before it is carried out to sea.
Here they are with a bucket full of one day’s collection
We keep our kayak floating at the bow for easy access, so it’s often a convenient place to toss an errant bottle found floating near the jetty.
An overfull kayak, with the wrong kind of cargo
It accumulates at a rapid pace,especially when runoff from rainfall adds to the volume of floating trash. For a while, they kept a log of the quantity and type of garbage, plotting it against tides and weather.
Rainfall brings plant material… and styrofoam
Siobhan found the complete packaging for an Apple computer, right down to the shipping label. I wondered what would happen if we returned it to the rightful owner?
Box full of more styrofoam. No computer.
After a call from our neighbor Peter on s/v Kittani, Ian Kiernan came down to meet them one day. He’s a former BOC sailor, and Aussie environmentalist. Dismayed by the garbage he saw floating in the world’s oceans, he started a movement in Australia that earned him the the Order of Australia. The recognition by an adult outside our circle for what they’ve been doing meant so much to the children! That picture at the top? They’re proud of what they’re doing, and I think it shows.