Messaid: Camping on a bed of garbage
Last Friday, long-time Doha resident Tracy Glenn went camping near sealine, at the foot of the dunes. She came back with some stunning images. “Our next generation will be camping on a bed of garbage,” says Glenn.
“This beautiful sandy paradise is full of rubbish that has been tossed away and left along with pots and pans, eating utensils, empty cans, crumpled papers and cigarette packages. The litter of a 1001 Arabian nights of camping fun is strewn in every direction.”
Someone’s desert camping experience abandoned and left for everyone else to see. And to clean up.
It takes 700 years before plastic bottles start to decompose, and can take up to 1000 years to fully decompose. Along with this you find rusted pieces of metal that can even fatally injure campers.
At first glance it looks like seaweed but it is actually a black garbage bag
Debris spills like tears down the dunes.
So scenically placed, it could well be a cigarette advertisement.
What ideas do you have to dissuade people from trashing our beaches and dunes? What do you do when you see someone litter?
Tracy Glenn is a Canadian expat who has called Qatar home for the last six years.