I have always been passionate about environmental issues so the amount of trash on the beach was heartbreaking, but more of a reality check for me. This country of Belize has ONE recycling plant and its certainly not on the island. It is hard to image drinking out of a bottle and just tossing it in the trash, but here people just toss it on the ground. I have honestly never seen such a blatant disregard for the environment, and I don't think it's an intentional practice. There is no education here for people to be forced to face the facts that their island is quickly deteriorating. Sustainability is unheard of because people are so used to living in poverty that they will do what they can to make quick money.
And now for my sustainability side- I do not understand why we keep producing things in ways that are detrimental to our environment. I am just as guilty as the next person when it comes to buying water, but at home I don't buy plastic bottles of water- no I have water bottles that I use constantly. I wish there were some laws in place that limit the amount of waste you can produce per household. Yet, then I start to think about where I live in North Carolina and how I was one of the only houses in the neighborhood that recycled. Whether is ignorance or lack of education- and I think it's a combination- the US is really in a position to set high standards for the way we live. It's impossible to expect a poor country like Belize to take initiative when they have people starving, so the developed countries should be trying to counter the waste production. I'm not sure if that makes sense but I will stop ranting now.