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Impossible to stop

What quote am I vibing? "It's kind of impossible to stop." Zac Efron

Pounds of Trash Removed from the Wild since Last Post: 31

Pounds of Trash Removed from the Wild in 2020: 441

All-Time Pounds of Trash Removed from the Wild: 965

Netflix recently released Down To Earth - a travel show starring Zac Efron and superfood guru, Darin Olien - the show focuses on sustainability and challenges that humans are creating for the Earth. Of course people have opinions about whether Zac is the man for the job of spreading awareness about climate issues. I enjoyed the show quite a bit. And though I think that the approach isn't always one of science or even one of solution, it is always with an open heart and mind.

My main thought about the show is this - if hunky Zac Efron introduces a conversation about sustainability and changes we can make into the homes of his fans - that is a good thing. Knowledge is power. No matter who it comes from.

Most of the episodes were a blur to me - the biggest problem I see with most of the episodes is that the duo are doing things that most of us will never have the resources to experience - swim in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, try a bunch of fancy water in Germany...or France? Somewhere. Strike out on a personalized tour of the Amazon to find the superfruits of the jungle. All these things are relevant to the conversation, but not relatable. But one episode was an absolute gem to me. I've watched it twice and I will watch it again.

Episode 7: London features trash cleanups, bees, and vegan eating. These are things we CAN relate to - these are ideas that we CAN act on. That's my jam. Zac and Darin are doing the work - picking up trash. At one point, the camera closes in on Zac's face, as he is looking around at the rubbish - he sighs, and you can feel the weight of it. The trash is never-ending, as he points out later. And it is hard to put down the bucket knowing that there is more out there. Yes.

One exciting point for me was when the cleanup guide pointed out a plastic cotton swab stick and said that it was his least favorite trash because the darn things are just EVERYWHERE! I was confused when I first started picking up trash and saw so many on the beach - they look like little drink box straws, but they have three holes - they really are everywhere. I have no clue where they come from. But I hate them too!

Even though this week was low on trash weight, I was able to get out 6 times, and hit a variety of places. And along the way, have meaningful conversations. It all adds up.

I love captured moments like this one - chilling after a cleanup.

August 4. Kiwanis Park. 1 pound.

August 5. Kanner Highway. 4 pounds.

August 7. Bathtub Reef Beach. 10 pounds.

August 8. Jupiter Dog Beach. 7 pounds.

August 9. Stuart Causeway - West Island. 4 pounds.

August 10. Country Club Plaza - Dixie Highway. 5 pounds from the waterway.

The most hated piece of trash! GRRRR.

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