Thousands flock to the beaches all around the country to relax. Some throw off the slippers and relax by the shoreline, while others await nightfall and dance their stresses away. Whichever party you belong to, you should already know the responsibility that you hold as somebody who’s intruding into another ecosystem, another habitat.
Maybe you trek and camp by a river or a lake, or maybe you’ve hiked up a mountain and are camping near the peak for the night. Whatever it may be, this is a new domain, and with it may come a new lack of inhibition.
Boracay, Mati and Sarangani beaches are a prime example of this, with annual parties being held by the shorefront and sure, it makes for a phenomenal backdrop. But what about the cost of these parties? How does the life around these events feel about you coming by and tramping on their sand, on their ground?
You drink, you dance, and you take the time to slowly unwind. Maybe you throw back a few too many beers and you start to stumble a little. Your responsibility toward the land is slowly slipping and you begin to leave your bottles by the wayside, hoping that it will be fine, but it falls and rolls down the beach; where to next?
The wind picks up, and while you and your friends had left it all on the table, meaning well, the paper plates and plastic bags fly off it. They land on the sand, where the plastic forks and spoons will hopefully sit till you realise and pick them up. The plastic bags, however, will have flown further downwind, likely right into the surf, where it will soon be forgotten.
As you dance the night away, these little things are soon forgotten, and wherever they land or end up, you will probably never know. Sure, when you wake up the next morning, you might pick up a stray plastic cup or two, but what about the rest?
Here’s the thing.
Partying is not a problem. Everybody needs to unwind every once in a while and parties are an amazing way of meeting people and winding down. Beaches make for wonderful backdrops to a party, and the sound of crashing waves and the feel of sand between your toes will only enhance the general sense of happiness and calm.
The environment belongs to everyone.
This, however, should not be a reason to act irresponsibly. The environment belongs to everyone, including the flora and fauna that take root on land, above ground, and underwater. It is just unfair to the wildlife that one species can do so much just to mess it up for them.
Did you know that the Philippines is the fourth largest contributor to the Great Pacific garbage patch? Is that something you’re willing to accept as somebody who loves this planet and its deep blue oceans?
You probably would’ve seen the video of a plastic fork jammed up the sea turtle’s nose. You may have even seen pictures of sharks and dolphins drowned in driftnets, and fish and larger creatures often mistake the plastic waste in their waters for food.
Mankind needs to learn to take more responsibility for its actions and this Earth will be much better for it.
This has been a PSA.
Party Responsibly and Sensibly.