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  Six Million Pounds of Garbage
by Mr. Ed
Friday, April 18, 2008
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Not The Earth Day Poem

I Had Hoped To Pen;

Tears Fell As I Wrote This,

Over and Over, Again

 

 

Such Shame We All Should Share,

As We Trash Our World, Everywhere

 

 

 

A report was released, just yesterday

By the group, The Ocean Conservancy

Of over 6 million pounds of discarded trash

Dumped on our own shores by us – you and me

 

Many of we humans love to deny responsibility

For the extremely dire shape our planet is in today

But 6 million pounds of garbage, on Earth’s shores

It wasn’t dumped by Earth’s animals, who have no say

 

Trash collectors scoured 33,000 miles of shoreline, worldwide

And over 6 million pounds of trash were found, in just one day

Each and every one of us is truly failing as our planet’s stewards

Each and every one of us, should be hanging our heads, in shame

 

These volunteers combed beaches and shorelines in 76 nations

From Bahrain to Bangladesh to Canada to the U.S. and in Mexico

On average, 182 pounds of human trash, for every mile of shoreline

No matter which nation’s shore they scoured, everywhere they did go

 

And this is just a snapshot of one day, on our home world right now

It is just one moment in time, on this now dying planet, that we call home

Horrifically, 81 birds, 63 fish, 40 invertebrates, 30 mammals, and 11 reptiles

Were found dead, killed by our vast human garbage, rotting away in sea foam

 

By Now, Our Human Shame Should Be Truly Enormous

And It Should Fill Us All, With Such Deep Sorrow and Agony

We Are the Only Species on Mother Earth, To Disrespect Her

It Is Not Her Animal Children Killing Our Planet – It’s You and Me

 

 

This horrific report catalogues over 7 million items of callously dumped human trash that were collected by volunteers on a single day last September, as they combed beaches and shorelines in 76 countries and 45 U.S. states.

"This is a snapshot of just one day, one moment in time, and it serves as a powerful reminder of our human carelessness, and how our disparate and random actions have a collective and global impact," said Vikki Spruill, president of The Ocean Conservancy.

The 378,000 volunteers collected, on average, 182 pounds of human trash for every mile of shoreline, on both ocean coastlines and on inland lakes and streams, providing a ‘global snapshot’ of the horrific human dumping today.

The most extensive garbage was very shamefully found here in the United States, where volunteers covered over 10,000 miles -- about a third of the worldwide total -- and picked up 3.9 million pounds of debris.

That's an astounding 390 pounds of trash per mile, among the highest rate of any country. By comparison, volunteers in neighboring Canada collected 74 pounds of trash per mile, and those in neighboring Mexico, 157 pounds per mile. About 65 pounds of trash were collected per mile in China, and about 46 pounds per mile in New Zealand.

But this immense volume of human trash collected in just one day tells only part of this truly horrific story.

These volunteer trash collectors also came across numerous birds, fish, invertebrates, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians that had all died horrible deaths, either because they had attempted to eat our non-biodegradable human garbage, or they had become hideously entangled in it.

And we are doing the very same thing to Earth’s remaining creatures in our remaining forests, mountains, wetlands, and national parks, right now.

It truly makes one feel extremely ashamed to be a human being today. This is the horrendous legacy that we are now leaving to future generations.

And in case you’re wondering, that horrific photo above was taken along the coast of Alaska, once one of the most pristine areas still remaining on Planet Earth.

 

 
     


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Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 4/22/2008
Littering is another way to destroy the beauties of earth.. Its such a shame some can't be more considerate. KEEP WRITING....M
Reviewed by Alexandra Midnight 4/21/2008
WOW!!!! That isnt very good. Its not that hard to clean up trash even a few peices would help. Mankind just needs to take resposibility its not like the animals are at fault.
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 4/20/2008
To bad we have to take all the innocent creatures down with our destruction, a strong wake up call! Bless you friend!Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Rebecca Lerwill 4/18/2008
Bad thing is - it's not gonna get any better. Buth hey, let's just keep throwing stuff away, since it's too expensive to clean and reuse...
Thanks for an awakening!
R~
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 4/18/2008
It's our trash and we do have alternatives for this. We are teaching our xhildren the baddest of habits in relation to our world. This can't go on anymore. It isn't funny anymore and the lot we are facing is judgemental Day.

Who will point fingers then?
Blessings and thank you!
Susan
Reviewed by Lavendar Jazz 4/18/2008
We must all take a look at our lives and our world around us to find a better solution to waste. This was definitely an eye-opener to me.
***Lavendar Jazz
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 4/18/2008
"Not The Earth Day Poem
I Had Hoped To Pen;"
but the most IMPORTANT Earth Day Poem I have read!
What has happend to our pride for our Earth; our appreciation and respect for what has been given us?? My stomach, too, wretches with this knowledge; how can we not shed tears.
I'll have to double my efforts of picking up trash along the roadsides; and speak louder my disappointment to those who would contaminate! You've penned a SHOCK we ALL need to heed!
Love ya ~~ Micke

Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 4/18/2008
wow--such an important write-shame on us
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 4/18/2008
This makes me S I C K,,,, wow,, honestly, I had no idea it was this bad, I am in shock,, shame shame shame on US. Time to make this wrong a right!
Christine
Reviewed by D Johnson 4/18/2008
Too much to absorb at one reading and the music is eerily fitting for the wrrite...well done.

Dan
Reviewed by E T Waldron 4/18/2008
Wow! I knew it was bad, but not like this! What in the hell is wrong with humanity? This makes me want to curse the stupidity of humans who never think of anything but themselves! Thanks Ed for being alert to it,and hopefully give those who don't think of it, something to ponder.

ET
Reviewed by Barbara Smith 4/18/2008
Ed, this is truly an honest and profound story for all the world to read and to feel remorse about. We're ruining our world & we cannot blame it on anyone but ourselves. I feel hurt & ashamed as I looked at your photograph...it tells the world we are in deep TROUBLE. A marvelous article to share with the world...let's pray it does some good to all who reads it.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 4/18/2008
All I can say is we all need to be ashamed...

Fee
Reviewed by Tom Hyland 4/18/2008
ED - THANK YOU! A PROFOUND TRUE STORY OF HUMAN & ANIMAL TRAGEDY!

WHY ALASKA? BECAUSE OF ALL THE DAMNED CRUISES GOING THERE! DO THE SHIPS ACTUALLY 'DUMP' ALL THAT 'SHIT'? OR IS IT INDIVIDUALS?

The best chance this planet has, is to ship HALF the population into OUTER SPACE - but then, THAT would get POLLUTED TOO!

How do you spell - HUMAN? ASS-HOLES!

PEACE, TOM.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 4/18/2008
I've done that clean-up on Jersey's beaches & found the most disgusting things in that garbage...I don't know whether its done anymore or not, but it used to be that big barges of trash from New York City was taken into the ocean off NJ and just unceremoniously dumped there to be washed ashore becoming someone elses problem...NOBODY CARES...Ed & Rufuz (w00f)
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 4/18/2008
Tragic; God help us!! When will we ever learn?? (Somehow, I don't think we have or ever will!) Heartbreaking write; bravo! Keep on informing, educating, enlightening!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :( >tears! <
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 4/18/2008
Garbage we have become and to garbage we will be gone.

Georg
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 4/18/2008
I'm saddened to see the kind of garbage that are being dumped by us to one another, regardless of how it would make the others feel.

What a wasteland this is!!!

Sandie May Angel :o)
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 4/18/2008
Man turns over more waste than he can clean! We shall not learn from experience unless we are drowned with the shame of our actions and I´m afraid by the time we notice of our nasty behaviours, we shall not be able to correct ourselves as we have already reached a point we cannot return from. Thanks dear Ed for this magnificient wake up call to human beings.
Reviewed by Chuck Keller 4/18/2008
George said it right... There will be a time to pay for what we've done to this planet.
Reviewed by George Carroll 4/18/2008
We will reap what we sow.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/18/2008
In just one day???? Had no idea it was this bad, Ed - an eye opening condemnation to mankind's habits that must be addressed - that must be stopped - horrible! My tears join yours -

(((HUGS))) and love, karla.

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