Since retiring I kayak most days around the canals and Tallebudgera Creek picking up rubbish I find that’s either floating or washed up on the sand. The rubbish is mostly plastics – food wrappers, bottle tops, straws, balls, and rope. You name it, it’s in the water and I’m astounded by how much I collect. The beauty of maintaining a clean environment for marine life is paramount and I do what I can piece by piece.
If you look at what I find on a daily basis, I’m sure you would be shocked, tons and tons of rubbish. So while I can, I’ll keep up my kayak litter patrols. It’s doing a good thing on two fronts: for my health and the environment.
I love the Gold Coast. It’s such a clean city but we need to do something about our litter. I’m a proud grandmother to four little boys so I thought I’d write children’s books to educate them about the problem. Now I have three illustrated picture books published as part of The Rubbish Rebellion series. Yapper the Unhappy Snapper, Otto the Otter’s Muddy Puddle and The Forest Fairies.
There are a lot of people out there who do a lot of good things, I’m just one person doing what I can to make a difference.
Some people are very supportive of me, some people look at me as though I’m mad, some people ask me “Why are you doing that because it’s the Council’s job!” They do what they can but it’s all our jobs to pick up rubbish if we can.
I just want people to be more aware of what’s around them. If we could all just do a little bit more, what a big difference it would make. We only have one planet, we should all love earth a lot more.