Letter: Garbage is killing our planet

All we need is the will to do what is right for us, our children and the other species that share this planet with us, writes Roy Schiesser.

I would like to expand on Ed Mathews’ letter regarding the pallet nails, and the overwhelming ads about beautiful B.C.—which I find misleading. Misleading because so much of this province is succumbing to industrial exploitation and litter pollution.

Almost everywhere I go, I find garbage, plastic bottles, endless number of alcohol bottles, fast food containers, household refuse (including diapers), old beds, concrete, old couches etc., almost anything including the kitchen sink and sometimes these illegal dump sites are situated close to creeks, rivers and lakes.

Some of this garbage will take thousands of years to decompose and a percentage toxic to all species! This is a problem we could solve without the need for political will or for big business to step forward and take responsibility for the products they sell to us.

Last year I had the privilege of watching a film called The Messenger, a film about the plight of the world’s songbirds. During this film the audience is shown a segment of old footage dating back to 1958, where the Chinese government ordered all of its people to get out into the streets and fields to wave banners, flags and create noise. The government ordered this action to eradicate a species which was foraging on the country’s agricultural crops.

The government of China succeeded! The birds were forced to keep flying until they were so exhausted they fell from the skies by the millions. While watching this segment of the film I felt a wave of tears overwhelm me, but sometime later I realized the power of the people.

What if we could use this same power to conserve, protect and create? What if we all decided to begin cleaning up our planet? If a few, then a hundred, then a million of us stood up for the planet and took action, I think we could create a clean and healthy environment.

I put forth an appeal, asking that we act accordingly to eliminate litter from our waters and forests. We can do it.

A lot of garbage is lethal, strangling wildlife and ingested by wildlife resulting in death! Garbage tossed out along the roadside may find its way into a river system and on into the oceans. If it doesn’t become part of one of the ocean islands of garbage it may be consumed by any number of marine wildlife, usually causing death.

If it doesn’t become part of the island of garbage or sink to the ocean floor, it will join 46,000 other pieces of human garbage for every square mile of ocean.

Some varieties of crustaceans and zooplankton are now using plastics as part of their very structure. That might sound advantageous but the predators that feed on these crustaceans succumb to the plastic from either the toxins, inability to digest or congestion of breathing structures.

We are killing and smothering the planet with garbage. All we need is the will to do what is right for us, our children and the other species that share this planet with us.

Please stop littering.

– Roy Schiesser, Grand Forks

 

Just Posted

Kootenay fires grow — more evacuation alerts

Syringa fire prompts evacuation alerts plus HWY 3 closure and U.S. fire crosses into B.C.

‘Beauty amongst such tragedy:’ B.C. photographer captures nature’s trifecta

David Luggi’s photo from a beach in Fraser Lake shows Shovel Lake wildfire, Big Dipper and an aurora

Castlegar bridge designed by architect of collapsed Italian bridge

Riccardo Morandi designed the Kinnaird Bridge, which is part of Highway 3.

UPDATE: Fire forces closures and delays on Highway 3 at Kootenay Pass

Motorists should detour using Kootenay Lake ferry

Evacuation alert issued for City of Kimberley

Three hours after an evacuation order was issued for the St. Mary Valley, an evacuation alert was issued for the nearby community of Kimberley.

‘We will not forget:’ Thousands attend funeral fallen Fredericton officers

Hundreds of officials marched in the parade, which included massed band, several police motorcycles

Lions give up late TD in 24-23 loss to Argos

B.C. falls to 3-5, fumbling away last-minute chance in Toronto

Eagle tree cut down legally a 1st for B.C. city

Planned eagle preserve ‘a first for City of Surrey’

Smoky skies like a disappearing act for sights, monuments around B.C.

Haze expected to last the next several days, Environment Canada said

Smoke scraps Nelson’s MS Bike Challenge

The annual fundraising event cancelled its cycling Saturday because of poor air quality

Canadians react to death of former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan at age 80

Nobel Peace Prize-winning former UN leader died early Saturday following a short illness

44 drownings so far this year in B.C.

Lifesaving Society urging caution to prevent deaths while on lakes, oceans and in pools

Some of B.C.’s air quality levels worse than Jodhpur, India

Okanagan, northern B.C. seeing some of the worst air quality globally

Most Read