Foreigners care More About Puerto Rico Than The People Born There
As I go around the island of Puerto Rico, protesting and cleaning up the beaches, I get many people from here with the same response, once they find out that I am not native from here.
I have been living in this beautiful island about 7 years and have been doing my environmental activism here for the last 5 years as you can read about here, as I got tired of seeing garbage in this beautiful paradise.
When people see that my spanish is limited and that I was not born here, they would tell me how sad that someone who was not born here, cares more about it than the people who were born here.
my response was that we all belong to this earth, it is our home and no matter where you are at, it must be taken care of and never neglected.
In my world, i don’t view this land as separate from the rest of the world. I view it as one with the rest of the world. I don’t believe in the concept or race or flags as I wrote here.
This is as much as my home as it is anyone else, just like the birds who migrate to different parts of the world call wherever they land, home.
But little do the people realize that the trash that they litter across the beach, negatively affects the world around us and the species that do call this whole world home.
As that garbage will enter the ocean and the current will take it around this world, not only killing other species but in time, it will make its way back threefold.
“Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.”
My passion is fueled by the neglect of the people. I drive up and down these hideous roads and I don’t understand how the people here can passively accept this without getting angry.
This island is so beautiful it is a paradise, but it has become a lost paradise.
I met a tourist from Mexico on vacation in Puerto Rico and he was cleaning around the beach, picking up the trash that the people here continue to leave behind.
I always continue meeting others from countries like germany who now has lives here and is also doing beach cleanups. I see it on a constant basis.
While the majority of the people from this island continue to ignore the garbage, others from different countries are coming to pick it up.
It seems like this island needs more people from other countries to make the change for the betterment of this island, since most of the people from here don’t want to make the change as I see that the ones who want the change are in the minority.
We no longer respect the land, cause we have no respect for mother earth and thus we have no respect for each other. The people can wave their flags all they like, cause it really doesn’t mean a thing when you treat your home like a landfill.
But hey I am sure they would travel to some other country where they won’t dare litter. It is so sad to see the destruction of this beautiful island that should be treated like the paradise it is.
“Like a man who has been dying for many days, a man in your city is numb to the stench.”
― Chief Seattle
You damn right I will be vocal about it, the majority of people of this island might not admire and cherish the beauty, but I do and I won’t sit idly by and let this beauty perish.
We must all do our part, it starts with the way you raise your kids and show them how to respect the land, not neglect it.
We must teach them respect, consideration and values as it seems like all of that has been thrown out the window as the parents expect the schools to teach their kids everything.
Some might tell me, “well why don’t you leave, if you don’t like it”. Those are the ones who want to see their island destroyed by passively doing nothing.
Why would I leave, when there is so much to fight for. I speak for the birds, the fishes and other marine life that cannot speak. I speak for the future generations that will be left with this inundation of trash. I speak for mother nature. We all have a voice and we must use that voice to combat all of these injustices.
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