|Dear Governor Davis,
I suggest that we should have a law that tells us not to leave trash on
beaches. If there is a law already in place, then I suggest we take strong
measures to enforce the law.
I think this because a lot of people leave trash on beaches and eventually
the trash will get picked up by the tide. When this happens a lot of
animals die. Some become or are close to becoming extinct.
Every day and night tons of sea animals die because of trash!
Here are some reasons why
we should have or enforce this law.
- Lots of people don't
pick up trash, mostly plastic bags. Turtles eat jellyfish, as you may
know, but what I'm getting at is that plastic bags look like jellyfish
in a turtle's eyes. Then when the turtle swallows the bag it chokes
because the bag is so thick. The turtle then dies.
- Another problem is the
plastic six-pack soda rings that are left on the beach. When seagulls
poke their heads in everything you know that they're going to get into
trouble. Well, they do. In fact, some seagulls get their beaks stuck in
these plastic soda rings and then they die from starvation.
- Also, the seals are very
curious animals and they will sometimes try to eat two liter plastic
soda bottles that float out with the tide. This can make them sick or
even kill them.
- Another really big
reason to outlaw trash on beaches is the fact that California has the
most beautiful beaches in the world. People come from all over the place
to visit our coastline. How sad it would be if they left thinking we
didn't care about our own beaches and allowed people to throw trash
Here is an example of how we
can clean our beaches. I remember every summer when we go to the beach we
have a picnic lunch. With six people in my family we can sometimes create
a lot of trash. My mom always brings a 'trash bag' and when we are done
eating we have to put every scrap of trash in the bag. We even clean up
the beach in our immediate area and put other people's trash in our bag.
I am a Girl Scout and my mom is a Girl Scout Leader. We live by the creed:
"Leave a place better than you find it". But anyone can do this … you
don't have to be a Girl Scout! At the end of our day at the beach, we take
the trash bag out to the parking lot and place it in a trash can.
might think that they should not have to clean up. Perhaps they think that
is somebody else's job. But nobody wants to go to a stinky, messy,
polluted beach . . . and the animals that live there do not want to have a
I am sure that the Great State of California has some sort of law that
makes it illegal to leave trash on the beautiful beaches.
What I'm wondering is why that law is not enforced. If it is too costly to
have people patrol the beach and give tickets to those who leave their
trash behind, then maybe it's time to consider not allowing people to
bring food or beverages to the beaches. I would be sad to see that happen,
though, because I enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach.
Think of it – a junkyard!
No beach deserves to be raided with trash, so please consider the idea of
making a law to stop people from polluting our beaches or please consider
enforcing this law if there is one. I know that you make the best choice