My name is Justin Garcia-Bunuel, and I am a political science major at Davidson College. I grew up on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay in a lazy town called Cambridge, Maryland. Living right on the Choptank River, which feeds directly into the Chesapeake Bay, allowed me to see the what is really happening to the waterways of the United States. My family had a boat, and I quickly grew accustomed to the styrofoam cups, aluminum cans, candy wrappers, and countless other pieces of trash that gathered in the water around the harbor. So, when my family moved to Baltimore, it wasn’t that hard to get used to the amount of trash floating in the inner harbor either.
Being so comfortable with that degree of pollution is disturbing, yet pollution surrounds us, so it’s hard not to get used to it. Living in close proximity to the Chesapeake Bay made the pollution of our waterways a very salient issue for me, but I have since become more aware of the countless other environmental issues facing the planet.