Yesterday, we shared a story from our photographer and friend, Woods Wheatcroft, about the father-daughter coastal cleanup road trip he recently completed with his daughter Della. Today we bring you Della’s thoughts on that same trip.
Often times people seem astonished and almost confused when they hear that I have chosen to pick up trash in my free time. Most look at me, a 13-year-old girl, and associate my interests with different things. I do, however, collect trash and I love it.
I am sure there are many people who pick up garbage for the ‘I am helping the planet’ feeling, and sure, I do it for that reason too, but I enjoy picking up trash for two other reasons. One is that I’m helping clean the ugly ground cover that litters our beaches. The other is that I am turning something ugly into something that might be seen as beautiful: art.