Not A Load of Rubbish

Folks, last weekend I found a piece of rubbish at the beach, and for that I blame Ian Kiernan.

Ian, you may recall, was the competitive solo yachtie who was appalled at the amount of rubbish he saw in the ocean during a race back in 1987.

So, he decided to do something about it. 

Ian Kiernan

With some, not so grotty, yachtie mates, he set about spending a day cleaning up Sydney Harbours’ waterways.  They must have told some of their friends too, because 40,000 people turned up to help out.

Since then, the Clean Up Australia event spread nationwide, then globally, with over 120 countries joining in to make the world a slightly nicer place.

Which is why, thanks to Ian, and his many, many enthusiastic sidekicks continuing his good work,  I only found a single plastic, coffee cup lid at the beach.

I even conducted a recount; one. 

Apparently the soccer ball wasn’t litter and I had to give it back…

At this point, I decided to scour the high tide mark, and area which, historically, is a goldmine for plastic, rubber or glass flotsam and jetsam. 

I came back empty handed; litterless. 

Folks, I have to tell you, the sun shone a little brighter that day.

It’s easy to get despondent, or outraged, at the sheer volume of sewerage pouring out of the news and social media pipe directly into our faces each day. 

And, I originally planned to use this column to rip the Federal Government a new cloaca over their latest stuff up/s, but to be honest, I’m a bit over the current ringmaster and his circus full of clowns. 

Why add to the muck?

Which was why I decided to go to the beach instead to clear my mind and take the opportunity to make the world a slightly cleaner place while I was there.

But I have to tell you, Ian Kiernan’s super-enthusiastic followers are making it harder for me to do so.

This article first appeared in the Regrow Queensland e-zine. Check it out!

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