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Friday, December 19, 2014

Deja Vu Blogfest

I'm participating today in DL Hammons DEJA VU BLOGFEST

This is a unique fest where we repost a favorite "blog offering from earlier in the year, or one that you believe failed to receive the exposure it deserved."


Okay, I'm going back in time, back to 2009 to my post called

What is the Sound of One Heart Breaking?

(I have made a few editorial changes which are in blue.)


As we peruse pictures of the president's dog, as we read the latest celebrity gossip, as we whine about how much we want this, that or the other, as people starve, as people make war, as people discuss the ramifications of global warming, as we chew our nails over swine flu....(Ebola) even as we write for children and hope for publication...

While all of that is going on and a million other things...


In one place in the northern Pacific (and other places in the Pacific and in the Atlantic too) there is a mass of floating island of plastic debris. It is twice the size of Texas. It is growing. (And still growing.)


I don't know what to do. I am ashamed of humanity. I am ashamed of our lack of caring, our blindness, our ignorance which is no excuse.


This is the sound of one heart breaking.

She is weeping because she doesn't know what to do and she is ashamed.

Laysan albatross plastic filled stomachListen.

This is the sound of one heart breaking.

It is Earth's heart.


Listen as she breaks.

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Water Pollution with Trash Disposal of Waste at the Garbage Beach

Plastic DOES NOT biodegrade. It just gets smaller and smaller and smaller. It has been found in the bellies of whales. It has been detected in the stomachs of the smallest sea creatures, creatures that are food for larger creatures, who are creatures we may well eventually eat. It will kill them, it will kill us. We are shitting in our own nest and eating it too.

If you don't believe me, how about this little video from National Geographic?

Reduce, reuse, recycle. Fight against plastic.


  1. It's such a shame that 5 years on this is all still relevant :( Recycling does help, I believe in the UK we're pretty good at recycling, but unless the whole world participates it only makes a dent. And trying to be groceries without plastic is pretty difficult :( x

  2. We've always recycled because yeah, plastic never goes away...

  3. What a sad post, more so since it's so true, especially in third world countries. The only good thing is I feel vindicated for not eating fish.

  4. We recycle all of plastic and have been for years. Excellent choice for re-sharing today because there's a reason we need to be reminded. :)

  5. I really like the way you recycled a post to emphasize the need to recycle the plastic waste we generate. :)

    You did a great job reducing and reusing!

    (And YES -- we absolutely recycle!)

    Happy Deja Vu!

  6. Hi Bish - you hit a few spots that we all should and need to think about .. plastic is terrible and we, as humans, don't seem to realise what we're doing ..

    Somewhere along the line we need to be accountable ... I too recycle everything that I can ...

    This is a really excellent Deja Vu post .. I hardly dare say - cheers - Hilary

  7. You made me cry, Bish. This was a wonderful post to revisit. And I think I missed it the first time around. Really glad I didn't miss it today.

  8. Wow, Bish that was powerful. Great DejaVu post. Something we probably cannot hear enough.

  9. So many of our great "advancements" are contributing to our own destruction.

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  11. Thank you for recycling this post. I once saw a sea lion with a plastic ring stuck on his flipper laying on the beach in Hawaii. It prompted me to step up my recycling habits.
    Elizabeth Hein - Scribbling in the Storage Room

  12. How sad that the sea ends up being a dumping ground! The national geographic video was eye-opening and downright alarming! Love your poem! It's very powerful, and enhanced nicely with the images and video. Well done. GREAT repost! Happy Deja Vu weekend.
    michele at Angels Bark


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