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, rope, styrofoam. You name it, it’s in the water and I’m astounded by how much I collect. Maintaining a clean environment for marine life is paramount and I’m just one person trying to make a difference, 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 and other children about this growing global problem. Now I have three illustrated picture books that have been published, aptly named 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, while others ask me “Why are you picking up that (rubbish) because it’s the Council’s job!” I reply “The Council workers do what they can, but it’s all our jobs to pick up rubbish if we see it.”
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.