At the tender age of six, everything is so impressive, my ability to go from one awesome playground event to the next was what I lived for. I spent all of my childhood years in Hawaii where all things in creation were on steroids, from the smell of the morning air, to the remarkable sunrises and sunsets, to the black sand beaches, to the majestic tropical forests and waterfalls, to the love of culture and the way of Island life.
As a child I was full of wonder and curiosity. I wanted to know why the sun was in the sky, why was it so hot sometimes and then disappears. I wanted to know how come all the bright lights in the night sky never came down where I was. Or better yet, how could I get way up there to them? While star-gazing, my thought was always, “Whoever made the Heavens must be incredible!” My Grandma Hazel would say, “Baby, the Heavens and Earth were created by God.”
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 1:1 (NLT)
I have been blessed to live in Hawaii and San Diego, California. Here in California you’re as close to the beach as you are the mountains and you can literally go snowboarding in the morning and body surfing in the afternoon. California has so many gorgeous beaches. To name some, there’s Capitola, Coronado, East Santa Barbara, Huntington, Hermosa, Laguna, Manhattan and the most famous, Venice. From the moment of creation, these above named beaches came into existence and have been here for thousands of years, yet at this point in time our beautiful oceans are at risk.
According to NationalGeographic.org, our oceans have over five trillion pieces of plastic debris and waste in them. There’s so much trash it has been named The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, also known as the Pacific Trash Vortex. It covers the area from the West Coast of North America to Japan. The vortex travels in a circular motion from Japan past Hawaii to California and back.
These unmanaged patches with floating waste are nothing compared to what’s below the water’s surface. Below the surface you will find that companies have dumped large containers of various types of waste and debris. The containers themselves disturb the oceanic life existence over time. The plastics break down into tiny particles destroying coral reefs and future breeding grounds.
Our beautiful planet Earth with its majestic views and powerful oceans, waterfalls, rivers and lakes deserve our utmost attention. I want my children to see the beauty of God’s creation not muddled with plastic patches.
This problem is so extreme. I sometimes felt that there was nothing I could do to help stop the destruction. That’s just not true. I can pray and bring awareness to others! As a Mom, I am doing my part to train my children to care for the planet, to remind them that our beaches and oceans have to be here for generations to come. I do this by showing them that we have to be good stewards of our planet by properly recycling & reducing our plastic footprint for the sake of humanity. We have a say in how healthy our oceans are. When visiting the beach, we take home what we bring and throw trash in a recycling receptacle.
The health of our planet is screaming to be cared for. Please dispose of garbage properly because our future generations are worth it!
Know that you are loved,
Angela, a.k.a. Truffle