Trash collected by ATB Surf Co. on a local beach

Trash collected by ATB Surf Co. on a local beach

Charleston Waterkeeper’s motto is pretty cut and dry. We are motivated by the fundamental philosophy that our waterways are public, and that they have been given to us in trust that we, the public, will watch over and protect these natural resources.

It is too easy to dismiss a problem by telling ourselves, “I didn’t create the problem, so it’s not my responsibility to solve it.” This is, in its simplest form, apathy. If we all stood idle expecting everyone else to find solutions to problems, then nothing would ever get done…ever!

Luckily, there are plenty of individuals willing to disregard this apathetic mentality by taking pride, taking responsibility and taking action.  When we refuse to allow the iresponsibility of others to degrade the quality of our waterways, we are taking a stand to protect and preserve our health, our way of life and our future (not to mention our favorite fishing/surfing/boating spots).  An example of this was recently featured in a blog post on a Charleston surfing blog, The Weekly Snewz.  The author tells of an experience he had coming face to face with an abundant amount of trash on one of his favorite beaches.  To read the entire article, “R-E-C-Y-C-L-E recycle” click here.

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