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Reusable Straws Anyone?

Plastic Pollution

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“Since when did you begin to use reusable straws?” asked my friend. “When I saw that video of that poor turtle.” I was referring to the video in 2015 that went viral thanks to Christine Figgener (A&M University, Texas). A video of an olive ridley turtle. It was excruciating and bloody. I could feel the pain as the straw was slowly extracted from its nostril. On March 16 2019 researches pulled nearly 90 pounds of plastic waste out of the stomach of a young curvier beaked whale that died in the Davo Gulf of the Philippines (National Geographic March 18 2019). Terence Corcoran wrote; Instead of responding to turtle videos, it would be more useful to zero in on the real sources of floating waste {Financial Post: How green activists manipulated us into a pointless war on plastic (April 25 2018)}.

Whatever it is, there are hundreds of videos and articles highlighting plastic pollution. How did we get here? The ocean floors are 200 million years old. In total the oceans account for approximately 97% of water on Earth. 18 billion pounds of plastic waste flows into the oceans every year. Half of the world’s plastic are made in Asia- the lion’s share of that 29% is made in China. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not an environmentalist or animal lover. Besides, by the time our planet chokes and turns into plastic I’ll be dead and gone.

Plastic is an incredible and amazing invention. It’s wonderful and ubiquitous. We all need, and use it. However, in 2018 a survey by the Global Oceanic Environmental Survey (GOES) Foundation found that the ecosystem in the seas and oceans may collapse in the next 25 years potentially causing failure of terrestrial ecosystem and “very possible the end of life on Earth as we know it”. I believe it to be true because every day as I go about my business, plastic is everywhere. Whether it’s pointless to respond to turtle videos or being manipulated by activists it’s a fact and it might be too late to reverse the impact of plastic pollution. After all, plastic has been around for more than a century, and revolutionized the way live.
It’s only a dream, but humanity is quite resilient and determined. Some scientist might come up with an idea of an eco-friendly material to replace plastic. For now, it’s up to the mighty governments, corporations and worlds’ population to handle the situation.

Sources: softschools.com, National Geographic 2018 and Wikipedia.

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Daro, Sarawak (2019)

It’s a small village located in Sarawak, East Malaysia. The nearest city is Sibu which has an airport and about more than two hours away. We had to take two ferries to reach Daro. The village mainly consists of farmers and fishermen. Its population is made up an ethnic group, Melanau. There are only a few shops stocked with essential items. Quite an interesting and unusual visit.

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Poland, Hungary & Germany in Pictures (2014)

Wieliczka Salt Mine (Poland)

The Szechenyi Chain Bridge (Danube River, Budapest), Hungary.

Neuschwanstein Castle(New Swanstone Castle), Hohenschwangau, Germany.

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Czech Republic 2014

The Czech Republic is located in Central Europe surrounded by Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Poland. Our first stop was the town of Cesky Krumlov. The Vltava River runs through this town meandering around the restaurants and shops. The town is part of the historical land of Bohemia. Cesky Krumlov castle is one of the largest in the country, second only to Hradcany castle in Prague.

Places of interest in Prague: St. Vitus Cathedral, Charles Bridge which crosses the Vltava River and the Prague astronomical clock. If hunger pangs strike from traipsing, a "cool" place to dine is Kavarna Obecni dum (Restaurant) which is just around the corner.

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Music (Jazz- Czech Republic)

Robert Balzar Trio

Album: Overnight
Released: 2005 (Columbia)

Purchased in 2014 in Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic. Sarka and I became friends not long after. She's the one who recommended me a local jazz band. An assortment of Czech CDs are available at Disc Classic, Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic. Absolutely riveting!!

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Robert Balzar Trio(2005)

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