According to legend, sea glass is formed when a mermaid’s tears touch the sand. The story makes me wonder, “What would make a mermaid cry?” The pollution of the oceans, her beautiful home, is one answer. No one would enjoy raw sewage, oil spills, industrial wastes, garbage, and all kinds of destructive contaminants floating about in their homes!
Next, I ask, “What can we do?” Consumer choices matter. Dedication to reduce, recycle, and reuse counts. Supporting strong federal legislation to protect our waters is vital. Educating ourselves and our children about the problems and solutions is key. Access to potable water should never be taken for granted. One thing is certain, clean water will remain a dominant critical issue for the 21st century.
“Yesterday is history,
Tomorrow is mystery,
Today is a gift.”
Eleanor Roosevelt’s wise words apply: We can’t do much about the past or guarantee the future, but we can all do something today.
Kerry Ellen, 2011