We had an interesting conversation at beach clean up yesterday when a visitor told us we should not be picking up the trash off the beach!
Stunned into almost silence we nevertheless managed to croak out “Why?” And the response was: because local people should be paid to do it. Fine – and where is that money going to come from? Now it was her turn to be silent. She then said as the property taxes were so low, they should be raised, and one of our members pointed out that that would be a taxation upon local landowners too, some of whom only earn 65 pesos a day.
Undeterred she said the local Government should pay. We said: should but don’t, that’s why we have to step in, free. Sure we have other things we could be doing! But … (We didn’t even touch on the question of the Ventanas Al Mar where people were being paid to keep them clean but that seems to have mostly stopped).
Changing tack, the woman said we still should not be picking up the trash as it would all be dirty again tomorrow. Our response was – well at least it will be clean for today, and we’ve stopped some of it from going out into the ocean. And if we don’t do this – and nobody else does – then people like her, visitors, will take one look at the beach and go away, never to return, therefore not spending their money in our bars, restaurants, shops etc, thus ruining our local economy and depriving everyone.
Finally she said: Well at least this town is getting better, they now have a recycling programme. So that loud noise yesterday was our screech – that is US ! That’s Amigos! And that money goes back into the community! Aagghh…