Archive for January 28th, 2016

Jace and Jack say: No More Cups

Thursday, January 28th, 2016
Jace and Jack Tunnell on the beach. Photo credit: Corpus Christi Caller Times

Jace and Jack Tunnell on the beach. Photo credit: Corpus Christi Caller Times

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Urban trash creates problems for freshwater and salt water ecosystems. Heavy rains, such as we had last year, sweep debris into our waterways.

You know, any trash that goes into the bay, like plastics, it takes many, many years for that to be able to biodegrade. And it’s not pretty to see, but it’s also bad for the animals.

Jace Tunnell of Corpus Christi and his son Jack frequent their local coastal park and see this problem first hand. During a rainstorm, Jace documented the issue using his video camera.

It blew my mind to see how much trash was coming out. And, unfortunately, that’s just the stuff that floats. I was showing it to jack and his eyes just opened up and he said: “Whoa!”

Together, father and son created a short video they titled All the Cups and posted it to YouTube to raise awareness.

We want people to stop throwing trash everywhere. And….that’s all.

Coincidentally, as their video hit YouTube, the city of Corpus Christi launched its own antilitter campaign. Lawrence Mikolajczyk [Mick-o-laj-check] oversees the city’s solid waste operations.

The overall goal of it is to bring litter awareness to everyone in the city. We do have a beautiful city and we want to keep it that way. We want it to remain the sparkling city by the sea.

Urban trash in our waterways is a national problem. By recycling, or at least properly disposing of trash, we can all make a difference.

That’s our show for today… Funding provided in part by Ram Trucks. Guts. Glory. Ram

For Texas Parks and Wildlife, I’m Cecilia Nasti.