For me, I love reading the thoughts that other people put down. Regular people, like myself. Those struggles & victories, new ways of looking at old problems -- I find it all inspiring. So today I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge and tip my hat to a few steadfast souls. People whom I met in my earliest days, and who are still treading their paths to this day. Their words flowing every week like a stream down a mountainside. Toward the ocean.
Sara Bayles of Santa Monica, CA started The Daily Ocean back in May of 2009.
|The Daily Ocean gets sunsets like this as a perk!|
Inspired by Sara's work, Danielle Richardet of It Starts with Me began clearing litter from the sand at Wrightsville Beach, NC in the summer of 2010.
|It Starts with Me says this is NOT okay - and I agree|
"SuAsCo Al," The Trash Paddler, lives in Acton, MA -- an exurb of the Boston area.
|SuAsCo Al has the best views of eastern Massachusetts!|
In that same vein, meet Bernie Paquette of Vermont Litter with a Story to Tell.
|Burlington, home of "Vermont Litter with a Story to Tell"|
Last, but not least, a huge shout-out to Paul Sharp & Silke Stuckenbrock - founders of The Two Hands Project.
I admit, Two Hands is less of a blog than it is just a constant source of inspiration. It began with a simple belief: That anywhere, any time, any one of us can start making a difference with a bag or bucket, and our own two hands. That simple idea has now blossomed into an international juggernaut of reality-based environmental action, with a community of tens of thousands. I am so proud to call Paul & Silke friends and be even a small part of their work.
|A "Two Hands" cleanup I did at the local post office|
I know all too well the pushes, pulls, tugs, and currents of modern life. I know how disheartening it is to fight reckless corporate greed fed by political collusion. (See the recent -- and not yet dead -- attempts by the plastic bag industry to write legislation in Illinois, fought so bravely by Activist Abby.) When you see plastic trash above the Arctic Circle or read about it now in the Southern Ocean, you can feel so small.
Through the work they do, my friends above have always made me feel like the impossible is a little less impossible. And they do to this very day.
Thank you friends.