“I’m just one person. I can’t change anything.” That’s how I felt before going on the trip to the Outerbanks. I almost didn’t go at all, but at the last minute I got inspired. And I’m so glad I went because the trip invigorated me.
The Outerbanks is one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to. From the towering sand dunes to the shell-filled shores to the sparkling waters, everything is breathtaking. When you’re there with the sun shining on you and the wind blowing in your hair, the earth feels alive. This is our home and we have to preserve it.
As we were doing our cleanups on the beaches, forest trails, and along the road, I realized that every single piece of trash I picked up was important. Every cigarette butt, every wrapper, every straw, and every bottle made a difference. You may feel insignificant, but you have to start somewhere. Everything you do matters and has an impact. That one straw you picked up is not in the stomach of a dolphin, because of YOU. The plastic bags you avoided in the store by using a reusable bag have not entangled sea turtles, because of YOU. You are important. If everyone who thought they were “just one person” started to make a change, then a great change would be made! This trip has inspired me and reminded me to stick up for our oceans and our planet.
Don’t remain quiet, be that person that sticks up for our home.