I absolutely love to travel. It is one of my most favorite things to do. I never studied abroad, but living and/or traveling abroad for an extended period of time sounds super exciting! Even though I’ve never spent a long period of time anywhere, I’ve gotten to take these little trips over the years that have been really meaningful in a lot of ways. For instance, last March during spring break, I traveled to San Pedro, Belize. Belize is a very special place to my family, so I had been there before but I never really saw it like I did when I was there in March. San Pedro, Belize is a beautiful little part of the world that is nestled along the coast of the Caribbean Sea. Here–check it out!
This is a picture I took from the “puddle-jumper” airplane as we arrived in San Pedro. And, let me just tell you, you should probably try to avoid at all costs ever riding one of these things…yikes! Anyway, this picture really shows just how vast of a place the Caribbean is…and just how surreal. During my time in Belize, I would take a lot of walks along the beach. I think I have mentioned before that I am a die-hard ocean lover! I think that is the Pisces coming out in me, but I just can’t help it! There are certain sections of the beach that are so perfectly landscaped: raked, planted, watered…cared for. It was nice to see, but then I would stumble upon other parts of the beach that were covered in garbage. I was outraged to say the least…it mostly made me incredibly sad to think that there was that much trash just spread along the surf. I asked my dad where all the garbage came from and he told me that cruise ships will just dump trash off the side of the ship…both passengers and crew members. I wasn’t entirely surprised by this, but, it frustrated me nonetheless knowing that someone thought it was appropriate to just throw trash into the ocean like that. He or she sadly didn’t care and it happens more often than none. However, we must care about where our garbage goes because this is how marine life is killed. Seals and other aquatic animals will often get caught in plastic bags and other waste that ends up suffocating them. The picture below was not one that I took, but it is exactly what the polluted beach looked like in Belize and, unfortunately, other beaches around the world.
Please rethink before you litter. It is the most simple thing to avoid. Everyone should really understand that even though you may think you’re just getting rid of something, it doesn’t just disappear into thin air. I want to shed more light on this subject hoping that we can put an end to littering!