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Being an environmentally conscious individual has brought me to events like the 2019 Clean Up Conference. It stands out in my mind because of their chosen topics that I have not heard about in other circumstances. It can take a while to list them all out, so I will specify one thing that has struck close to home: clean-up drives should not end at the beaches.

Considering you cannot see the full picture yet, allow me to explain why.

Trash Can Cause Flooding
The flooding comes when the drainages have debris that prevents the water from flowing. You can see bottles of water, plastic bags, and other materials on the streets afterward. Without the garbage, it may not even flood in those areas.

Trash Can Flow Straight To The Ocean
Imagine cleaning up the beaches, thinking that it will be squeaky clean from that moment onwards. But then, you don’t clean up the river that flows right to it. When you go back to the beach, the garbage in that river may find its way to the bigger body of water. Thus, your efforts in cleaning the ocean may become useless.

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Trash Scares The Fish Away
If you return to a fishing lake after years of not going there, and you find its bottom covered with filth, you should not expect to catch anything. The reason is that fish are smart enough to know that it is not a healthy environment for them. They swim away from this polluted lake and avoid it for as long as they can. The fish may only come back if you clean it up and make it habitable for them again.

Final Thoughts
Of course, cleaning up beaches is a very noble crusade, but let’s face facts here:

  • Trash does not only end up on the beaches.
  • The ocean is not the only body of water that has been soiled with waste products.
  • You can find garbage in the sewers, lakes, creeks, etc.

Think of other bodies of water the next time you plan a clean-up drive!