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What I'm Wearing: Shirt - H&M, Jeans - Adam Levine Collection, Shoes - Calvin Klein
"The 3 R's" (feat. Path Water)
You all already know, I am all about taking on important issues. I believe in global warming, I believe that we need to step it up because some people just can't see the horrible changes going on around us. July is Plastic Free month, I believe in reducing, reusing, and recycling. Growing up my parents raised us to recycle because they knew it was important to teach us the values of protecting our earth. We are from Guam and it is a small island. To see it polluted would be the end of the beauty of our island. It is bad enough people forget that we are where America's day begins. To see the water turn black around us, that would be the end of Guam. I have always been at the forefront and paying attention to our environmental issues since I was young. It annoys me when I see people just throw their plastic bottles, cans and bags, like it is trash. They forget that these normal items we use could harm us in the long run. Did nobody learn anything from WALL-E? I'm pretty sure Finding Nemo and Dory are the prequels to that film because they obviously got extinct from the pollution and littering going on around us. My friends at Path Water stand up for what I believe in, saving the world. That is why I use their bottle to show my support for them and saving the world around me. Over the past few weeks I have been hitting all the subjects and issues that us so called "liberals" seem to care about. The people of higher power can write laws and ban us from participating in accords like the Paris Agreement, but they won't have the last say, we will. We can still save this planet from its impending demise.
One thing I have witnessed over and over again is so much littering here in San Fran. It is disgusting because there is trash literally all over the city. I know we can't really control all the homeless, but we can't put all the blame on them. Last week I saw this guy in a suit, throw a beer can into the water drain... Um.. did he think that is a local trash can? You can literally recycle that and earn a few pennies. But this guy figured since he probably has a lot of money, it would be a better donation to Nemo and Dory's retirement fund. Some people are just lazy. Plain and simple. That annoys the hell out of me, because money can only get you so far. One day we won't be able to purify the water, we won't be able to save the fish, or have water for the plants, and help keep this circle of like going. Frankly, Mufasa from the Lion King would be rolling over in the pride land grave yard if he saw society today. As a songwriter, I people watch. That is how I get inspired to write music. Let me tell you, I watch peoples actions and see if they reduce, reuse, recycle. I can tell you that last week I saw at least 80% of the people around me off the Embarcadero not doing that. I saw men and woman throwing napkins on the ground, plastic bottles being used for some water game and being left on the ground like a useless prop, and majority had their own bags, due to the law of buying your own bags. I'm happy about that law, because it is something that is needed. It gives us a better grip on the situation, but it is still not enough. I believe in taking small steps. If we can't take large strides, then we can at least start somewhere. July is the perfect month to start changing the ways that society has sadly gotten used to. It is the middle of summer and it is obviously hot as hell everywhere. Well, minus the bay. Plastic free month is the perfect opportunity to ditch your plastic water bottles and use a reusable one. Literally, it doesn't even have to be like mine above. If you have one, use it. Not only will you help save the planet in a little way, you will fall into a habit of reusing. That can go a long way, in the long run. I love beaches. As an island boy, it is in my blood. I would do anything to protect our water from harm because I don't want to see a day where the water is no longer blue. I mean its not blue in some places already, but to see all of it go wrong, I would hate that. If even get a chance to see it, with my condition, if Glaucoma decides it is time to take my sight. I don't want to be in a world where oceans are a thing of the past and fish are the new dinosaurs. Some of you may not believe that because you are young and don't understand how this world truly works, but I hope you can see a little bit of where I am coming from. Because our world should not just revolve around technology. We are more than our phones, computers, tablets, etc. Sure, you can look at an image of the ocean on your tablet, but nothing can compare to seeing the beautiful blue body of water in person. To smell that ocean air and have that ocean breeze run though your hair, no screen can ever replace that.
There is a quote from the lorax that I live by and stand by. "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It's not." Let that sink in. We have to start teaching the next generation the 3 r's because lets face it, the generation above us is filled with one minded fools who don't believe the ice in Greenland is melting, who don't believe our air is being polluted, who don't see the trash all over the streets that were once clean. With one little action a chain reaction will never stop. Try and take a small little action by reusing your water bottles. Something as small as that will cause a chain reaction. Remember that quote from the Lorax. Care a whole awful lot, so that way we can preserve the beauty of the Earth. If not for you, do it for the children of tomorrow. Don't deprive them of the beauty and wonders that this Earth can offer.
Photographer: Courtney Johnson
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