Join Date: Jun 2011
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We occasionally see a plastic bag go blowing by in the town anchorages but very rarely see any when sailing in the Windwards. Very recently, both Grenada and SVG have apparently outlawed the styrofoam take-out food containers in favor of some sort of terrible cardboard containers. I'm all for cleaning up the environment, but when your dinners end up a mixed up mess in the plastic bag, things have gone way too far.
As for 'rivers' of plastic, the only place I have run across that repeatedly was in southern Europe's garbage can, better known as the Med.
But, you know what, if the wealthiest and most powerful nation on this planet doesn't care to help improve things (except of course by outlawing plastic straws lol), then I'm pretty sure you are wasting your time even mentioning it. I've been a liveaboard since 1959 and I believe very few liveaboards are polluters. However, sewage spills and other contaminations of the environment by the municipalities and corporations around the US so overshadow any pollution all the yachts on the planet could possibly make and are just considered "the cost of doing business" like the pollution credits that can be bought and sold by the corporations of America. If the US puts the almighty dollar ahead of the environment, then who are we to try to change the status quo?
If you really want to see a change, then the only way is at the voting booths, not some ant against a bulldozer grassroots effort.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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