“When will the destruction end,” he mumbled, locking his gaze on the viridian sea. It was cluttered with plastic when he started the clean-up project. It obliterated the majority of the aquatic life. Coral reefs were disease-ridden.

“Let’s do this,” he said, poking at a plastic bottle drifting past. He tossed it into a large plastic bag. “Ironic, that plastic is used to dispose of plastic,” he sneered.

Moray eel green caught his eye. For a moment hope flickered in his eyes. Are his efforts paying off? Is life returning to the ocean?  “Just another plastic bag,” he sighed.

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Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
6 months ago

Great story Marianna on a very serious subject. I nodded my head at your protagonist’s observation “Ironic, that plastic is used to dispose of plastic.” How true! Very nicely done!

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
6 months ago

Your story is so poignant, Marianna. This is a fact that is really sad. I couldn’t help but cry while reading your story. Well done. 

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Marianna Pieterse
5 months ago

You are welcome, Marianna. You are right. I feel it too. But we need a story like this to educate people on the destruction taking place in our environment. Your story serves many purposes. Great job, Marianna.

Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
5 months ago

Although I am scared of moray eels, I liked your title. Glad that you took on the serious subject of pollution, Marianna.

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
5 months ago

Great story, Marianna. I too am in agreement with your protagonist’s observation about plastic being used to dispose of plastic. I was thinking the exact same thing when I emptied my kitchen bin earlier, though I do empty my clean rubbish loose into the dustbin and reuse the bin bag until it’s falling to pieces. It’s quite sad how reliant we’ve become on plastic!

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Melissa Taggart
Melissa Taggart(@melissa-taggart)
5 months ago

I agree with Carrie’s comment. I unfortunately also use plastic to dispose of plastic, this story makes me question my choices. And I appreciate that! Great job, Marianna.

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