Everyone has an opinion and a choice. Even turning a blind eye towards a problem, putting fingers in the ears, or pointing a finger at someone else is a choice. Currently there are researchers doing studies on tar balls that are washing up in the Florida Keys. It does not mater if this pollution is from the massive Gulf of Mexico spill or if it is from another part of the hemisphere. This type of pollution can float around long after I have lived a long life. The question I pose is…are people willing to make the hard environmental choice and accept the consequences?
Everyone who uses products that are the byproduct of oil is responsible for the lasting effects on the environment. Everyone who consumes products transported is responsible. In other words, unless a person lives off the grid, only walks, wear clothing made from organic materials grown in their own backyard, they are responsible for tar balls washing up on Florida beaches. But let us be realistic to turn back the clock 150 years is NUTS.
My choice is to try to do my part to help make it a reality that in 150 years the need for oil will be outdated. If people fail to make this a reality our beaches will have a new futuristic look. Beaches in the year 2160 maybe devoid of sand and jellyfish and be comprised of plastic fragments and balls of tar. I just can do my best in limiting my environmental impact. And maybe my children’s, children’s, children’s, children’s, children will say that their great-great-great-great-grandpa did his best to make their environment clean.
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