This morning I became irate when I heard a comment from one of the PIX 11 news cast members about a message in a bottle that was found. The reporter encouraged people to go to the beach and deposit their own messages. Although she said it in a casual tone and probably she did not think twice before saying that, I was angry because I expect more from a person who is well-educated and many times, has done a segment on eco-friendly products. Imagine what would happen if 100 idiots, followed by another 100 morons, decide to do just that? 100 message bottles a day = 36,500 bottles dumped into the ocean yearly. What would you think of 100 people dumping 100 message bottles in your front door or lawn? Well, the ocean is home to many species and just because you belong to the human species does not give you the right to trash another species home.
The point of this post is not to ridicule anyone (hence the name of the reporter is not mentioned) but to make you think about how every little step that we take impacts this planet – for better or worse. A more appropriate comment would have been – “Oh, let’s try not to throw more bottles into the water, send a virtual bottle instead, or next time you are at the beach, why not pick up one bottle and dump it in the trash can.” Imagine the impact of 100 people doing just that. However, what is in our hearts, comes out through our mouths, eventually.
We are not perfect, we are human, but we have been given a little gray matter to use it from time to time. I know that the idea of a message in a bottle has been romanticized, and we humans fall for romance. I am learning to live more eco conscientious and have much to learn; however it saddens me when I see people who should know better encourage dumb and irresponsible behavior. Don’t complain when the planet’s resources start lacking or when Mother Nature’s fury unleashes near you – we have created this environment and as we give we get back.
Next time you think is cute to send a message to the other side of the world, think of the possibility that a marine animal may get injured with that same message – not so romantic.
I know that I sound as a preacher, but when I see educated people making these silly and irresponsible statements, which may encourage others to do stupid things , I have to wear my preaching gown.