Mar 292010

A 9:45am on Saturday, April 3 island citizens will gather at the Grange to be assigned sections of the island to clean up. This might sound like work but it’s actually a lot of fun. It’s more like a treasure hunt. I think it was last year that someone found a bowling ball along side the road. What could be more fun than that?

To get us pumped up for island clean up you should view a short film by American director Ramin Bahrani. This movie follows the journey of a plastic bag (voiced by Werner Herzog) “searching for its lost maker, the woman who took it home from the store and eventually discarded it. Along the way, it encounters strange creatures, experiences love in the sky, grieves the loss of its beloved maker, and tries to grasp its purpose in the world.

In the end, the wayward plastic bag wafts its way to the ocean, into the tides, and out into the Pacific Ocean trash vortex — a promised nirvana where it will settle among its own kind and gradually let the memories of its maker slip away.” This enormous accumulation of trash is called the North Pacific Gyre and covers and area of 10,000,000 square miles . It’s an abomination for which we should all be ashamed.

Our job is to keep those plastic bags and bottles drifting around Lummi Island from making it to the Gyre

Plastic Bag by Ramin Bahrani


  One Response to “Island Clean Up”

  1. The Island clean-up was by far one of my most favorite events of the year. Granted, I was a young boy, and slogging through mud looking for trash or what might be treasure was top on my list of things to do. The lunch afterward (Chili is what I recall) was delicious.

    Also, the day after the clean-up was when the fair isle looked sublime, like you could almost lick the ditches.

    For those about to clean, I salute you.

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