Someone Else’s Problem!
Hooray! A welcome litter-free downstream view of the River Stour from Pratt’s Wharf, courtesy of a recent flood. It’s excellent news for me, not having to look at floating and static plastic litter here today, but not so good for river and ocean wildlife and coastal communities that will shortly be living amongst West Midland’s unwanted rubbish. We have polluted our world. Many people have made fortunes processing our waste materials, but too much long-life trash is escaping down our waterways to become someone else’s problem. We need to wake up! Turning a blind eye to plastic litter washing through our canals, streams and rivers is everyone’s problem. If the UK can motivate and legislate to beat air pollution, why can’t we do the same for waterborne pollution? I have great admiration for those people prepared to give up their free time and energies to pick rubbish in their local areas and dispose of it correctly time and time again.