I got a great, but highly disturbing, email today. It was from my friend M who was out for a stroll on the seawall in West Vancouver.
The seawall, for those of you who aren’t Vancouverites, is a long paved recreational pathway running along the waterfront in West Vancouver (there’s also one that winds for kilometers around the entire downtown core and out to Jericho beach)
Anyway, the seawall is generally packed with people cycling, jogging, or simply walking along, breathing the fresh salty air while enjoying, say, a latte in a disposable cup. What? . . . . You don’t think nature goes with disposable cups?
M said that is was pretty interesting to hear people’s reactions while she was taking this picture. “Most people laughed and made some sort of ‘haha that’s a funny picture’ type comments.”
I’m pretty sure that’s not the reason she took it.
I mean, it’s only funny because it’s ridiculous. And it’s only ridiculous because we all know it’s not really acceptable. Don’t we?
So, what do you think? Is it an appalling symbol of consumerism and waste? Or is it no big deal? Just a sign of the times? Maybe people should get credit for trying not to litter and putting their cup as close as possible to the nearest garbage can? Maybe not.
Thanks for the photo M.