08 Aug One Man’s Trash is an OG Volunteer’s Treasure
Posted at 15:29h in Central AmericaPlastic, plastic, plastic. Our world is filled with it, but perhaps it is only when you are knee deep in it, pulling chip wrappers, straws, half-eaten candy bags, styrofoam take-out containers, old shoes and plenty of plastic pop and water bottles that are wrangled in reeds or stuck between tree roots will you stop to question, ask and realize just how much of it we really use—and why? Here at Operation Groundswell, we are big fans of hands-on experiential learning. Hands-on learning means getting dirty! Lago Atitlan is Guatemala’s third largest freshwater body. It is a serene lake surrounded by several large volcanoes, namely: San Pedro, Atitlan and Toliman. The panoramic view from high above the lake is impressive and steals one’s breath away with its beauty. This natural crater filled with water runs approximately 300 meters deep and was estimated to have been made millions of years ago by a large volcanic eruption. The lake is dotted with pueblos and peoples that speak mainly by Kackchikel and Tzutuhil. Tragically, the lake has been facing severe environmental threats over the years including, but not limited to, run off from farms and poor waste management. Just a short walk around the lakeshore makes it is easy to understand the lack of education around waste. Wrappers, bottles, chip bags, combs, gasoline tanks, needles and bits of colorful plastic all line the shore. Enter OG’s very own bottle brick project….at the hub! It may not be the perfect solution to the lake’s waste problem, but hey, it’s a start. The idea: Create a recycling and garbage disposal box made from stuffed plastic bottles bricks using experimental methods and collected trash around the shoreline of Lago Atitlan. The box will serve as a model of possibility for other community projects.
- Trash, and lots of it, especially plastic bottles.
- Puppies and power tools.
- Planks of 2×4 locally purchased wood and chicken wire for the frame.
- Music and motivation.