Monday, July 24, 2006

Give a Hoot, Don't Pollute!

In the 1970s, public service announcements featuring Woodsy the Owl and the Crying Indian made us think twice about polluting. Perhaps its time to bring those PSAs back.

Today we were at Plumb Beach and after taking a short walk on the garbage strewn beach, we felt like the Crying Indian. There was a line of garbage in the sand that ran about a mile along the beach, caused by polluters and the ebbing of the tides. We can only assume that the trash was a combination of stuff left on the beach and garbage thrown into the water (whether intentionally off a boat, or unintentionally blew into the sea).

The trash didn't prevent about a dozen windsurfers, a couple of kiteboarders and a group of beachcombers from heading to plumb beach. It was just sad to see such a beautiful beach polluted. On the flip side, it doesn't seem like it would take much effort to turn this place around.


At Sunday, March 18, 2007 7:35:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thats horrible all that trash on the beach we shouls really do sometin bout that .

At Wednesday, February 06, 2008 11:14:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree, it is time to bring back the public service announcements.

Combined with respect for animals and humans.

Kindness can go along way.


At Tuesday, May 25, 2010 2:09:00 PM, Blogger nancycola said...

I feel your pain. My husband and I often take our dog to Plumb Beach. Such a shame the amount of trash there.

We've been volunteering to clean up our neighborhood park (Sunset Park) every other Sunday, hoping to get the message around to park users that the trash belongs in trash bins.

We definitely have a problem of a culture that sees no consequence of literally tossing wrappers and packages behind their shoulders when they no longer need them.

I liked that you mentioned Woodsy Owl. I'm hoping to make t-shirts with him. He was a definite influence for me. The Crying Indian was very sad. I thought more about colonialism than environmentalism with him.

Here's that PSA for Woodsy.

We used to live in Boerum Hill too! Then we bought in SP. Love it!


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