In Robin Wall Kimmerer’s book, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge & the Teachings of Plants, pp. 167-174. Minnesota, MN: Milkweed Editions, she discusses that to preserve the land we must provide, “powerful acts of reciprocity with the land.” When I think about ways I can show reciprocity I automatically think about the ocean. I adore the ocean. I like to look at it, to swim in it. A major issue has been brought to the forefront. The issue being the incredibly large amount of plastic pollution infiltrating the ocean. Even worse than just large amounts of plastic is that said plastic becomes ingested in marine life causing illness in themselves and in humans.
One of the main types of plastic that can be found in the oceans are single use plastics. Single use plastics are plastics that are primarily only used once. This includes straws, cutlery, grocery bags, and coffee lids. My creative journal entry is a creation made from grocery shopping bags. To some they may only see the shopping bag, but to a sea turtle they see a jellyfish. The turtle eats the bag and could ultimately suffocate.
The way I want to act with reciprocity is through minimizing to eliminating my consumption of single-use plastics. I could bring linen bags to the grocery store. I could refuse plastic straws for my drinks. These are little things that would not interrupt my lifestyle as neither thing is a necessity. It’s a small leap, but a leap no less. Not to mention the worlds greatest long jumpers needed the practice to make bigger leaps. I will get there if I am determined. For the safety and well being of not only my family but the amazing ocean, I am determined.