Save The Precious Wildlife in Our World - The Importance of Proper Disposal

Albatross aka Gooney Bird
Albatross aka Gooney Bird | Source
The Midway Islands
The Midway Islands | Source

How selfish, inconsiderate and flat out ignorant we have become in this day of modern conveniences! Not only do we treat our fellow man with a total lack of respect, but our me, me, me way of living is affecting the wildlife on our planet. Hell, we’re affecting the entire environment through neglect and mindless habits.

I’ve written a whole series of articles regarding living green in an effort to provide solutions to saving money, saving time and most importantly bettering our health and saving the environment. We continuously poison the earth and the aquifer by using toxic chemicals. We are harming our immune systems by using and consuming products contained in plastic. Furthermore, we are harming the environment by improper disposal of our garbage.

I recently received an email from a family member regarding the destruction of Gooney Birds on the island of Midway, which lies in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean thousands of miles from any coastline. Their demise is being caused by people around the world throwing garbage into any water system that dumps out into the ocean. The video attached to the email sent me into a fury over the absolutely unacceptable behavior of the higher form of life known as Man.

The message sent to me preceding the video is this: “I had a RON (Remain Overnight Position) there in 1965. There were a few folks living there at the time. Those are GOONEY BIRDS and they are fascinating to watch. They spend months out to sea and when they come to land, their feet are set to skid on the water and they end up as a big bundle of rolling feather flying flopping mess. They shake themselves off and waddle off. You can watch them for hours and won’t want to stop.”

Gooney Birds, according to Wikipedia is a colloquial term for the Albatross. They are one of the largest flying birds with a wingspan of up to 12’. They feed on squid, fish and krill, all of which are found in the ocean. Unfortunately, that’s not all that’s found in the ocean. Man has evolved into an inconsiderate race, tossing waste where waste does not belong.

I am so distraught over this atrocity that I’m going to let the video finish my message to you. Please view this and I truly hope you are as disgusted and ashamed as I am after watching. Click this link to view the video: http://www.midwayfilm.com/.

I hope tears are flooding your keyboard. If not, you are one of the guilty who is killing our wildlife through thoughtlessness and disrespect. What are you going to do about it? Huh? I can’t hear you! Think twice and save a life – recycle responsibly.

Now, don’t you think it’s time for a cool change? Listen to the song of our friends who should never be the victim of our selfish, ignorant behavior. Are you ready to make a change or will you continue to diminish life on earth?




Shauna L Bowling

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sherrituck 3 years ago from Virginia

My husband and I visit the beaches in North Carolina on a frequent basis. It always makes me angry to see the beaches littered with plastic bottles, bottle caps, cigarette butts etc. I really wish people could see what happens to the wildlife as a result of this type of careless behavior.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Sherrituck, hopefully enough people will see the video in this hub and become disgusted enough to change their habits. I don't know about other beaches, but the beaches of Florida have recycle receptacles at each one so as to dissuade people from polluting the environment.

This video blew me away. Our trash has travelled at least 2,000 miles! Magnify that by the rest of the world and what do we have? A dead world!


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Great song choice! I always loved that song, and I love the message. It takes so little effort to recycle responsibly. Let's face it, Sha; some people just don't care. :)


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for this. I am so fortunate to live in SF. Plus my access, from my house, to wild life is amazing... raccoons, coyote, seal, golden eagle, just to name a few. But the common bubble bee is now a rare sight.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Bill, I love that song, too. When I saw what was inside of the poor birds' bodies, I was absolutely appalled!

Martin, you are fortunate to be surrounded by wildlife. I am too, here in Florida. There's a family of hawks living next door to me; they're awesome to watch in flight.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Shauna..so right you are. Loving and caring for all of nature, is to love and protect the very essence of our Universe. Voted up, beautiful and useful....Keep writing what we appreciate, Sha. You do it so well...UP++


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Paula, you are too kind! I was so distressed over the video I just had to write about it and let people know what we are doing to wildlife. We indiscriminately toss our trash out the window or out of the boat, not realizing how far the damage reaches!


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

This is so disturbing! I know there is a big problem, but this video really shows so much! I recycyle and I never litter. The biggest problem is that there are so many people that are just too damn lazy to walk a few extra feet to throw their trash where it belongs. We need to speak up! Anytime we see someone just throwing their trash to the ground, we need to speak up! We need to teach our children to re-cycle and explain to them why it is so important. This is an awesome hub! Voted up, awesome and sharing many places! :)


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Sheila, I became sick to my stomach when I saw this video! Humanity has absolutely no idea what impact they are making on this earth because they just flat-out don't think before they act!

I have a recycle bin right outside my door. When I see garbage in my street, I pick it up and put it in the recycle bin or the trash bin, wherever it belongs. What I know is this: our garbage DOES NOT BELONG in the bellies of our wildlife, which are part of the food chain. We diminish one or more and Man will become extinct!

Think people!


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

Oh Shauna, The first video made me so sad, what has happened to the people on our planet? The dolphins are so beautiful. The song lifted my spirit. I wish everyone could read your hub and see the videos, maybe they would not think the waterways are a good place to pitch trash into. Thank you so much for sharing this...


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Always, that first video got to me, too. That's what prompted this hub. What we are doing to our planet is just flat out disgusting!


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shiningirisheyes 3 years ago from Upstate, New York

Many many years ago my cousin was stationed at Midway and sent endless photos of these birds home to us. It is heartbreaking to watch and know this is what it has come to. There is such an easy solution, yet it requires EVERYONE's actions for this to be corrected. Not only these amazing creatures but so many more species all over the globe.

It is certainly hard to watch, which is why it is important to watch.

Voting up and sharing.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Beckie, I agree. We are killing ALL of our wildlife through inconsiderate actions and even construction. In turn we are killing our environment with each component of the food chain becoming endangered and even non-existent. We can do our part by disposing of our waste properly. It's such a simple request. Why don't people listen?


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shiningirisheyes 3 years ago from Upstate, New York

Because they would rather take the easy way out. They want to live for "me, myself and I" and to hell with what condition is left behind after departing this place.

It is truly sad and I agree 100%


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

How important this issue is Shauna and a great addition to our H.O.W cause.

I vote up,across and share all around.

Have a wonderful day.

Eddy.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you, Eddy. It is very important indeed!


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Johan Smulders 3 years ago from East London, South Africa

Amazing-we all need to do our bit!


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Yes, we do Johan. I'm so glad you agree!


Ruth Lanham 3 years ago

I wasn't able to watch the albatross video all the way through...it made me so sick...and angry! I will be on my knees to God apologizing for the way we are harming his entire creation and species of animals thereof.


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georgescifo 3 years ago from India

Really sad to see how our wildlife resources are fading away and how the authorities are turning their back against it..really pity...BTW thanks for this wonderful hub..


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Ruth, I feel much as you do!

Thanx for stopping by, George. It is very sad, indeed.


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georgescifo 3 years ago from India

Always welcome!!


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CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

It's gross that there is a large mass of garbage floating around the oceans. It's terrible to think of the wildlife that gets injured or worse from the garbage. What I don't understand is why does this country ship garbage overseas to other places? Our town burns garbage, but I guess not all do. I see garbage on barges waiting to go overseas. It makes no sense.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Crafty, I don't understand it either. We don't burn garbage here. It all get taken to the various landfills. In fact, they are the only hills we have in Florida! I think it's awesome that your town burns the garbage. But then again, what does that do to the soil and the aquifer underneath?

There's got to be a better way.


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CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

Personally, I recycle everything I possibly can which eliminates a lot of our household trash. The other thing I do is compost. I have a pet pig so I had his mess to it and use it for fertilizer on my garden.

I get so mad when I see people leaving overflowing garbage at the curb. You wouldn't believe how many countless times I've gone out there and had to pick up garbage strewn around the streets because people are too lazy to put it in proper containers or leave it for everyone else to pick up.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Crafty, you sound just like me. I recycle everything also and have a compost bin in my backyard. I'm forever picking up garbage from my street, either from passersby who throw their trash out the window or trash that the garbage men spill and don't bother to pick up!

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