A bunch of local Taidong residents recently formed an activist group called Only Solutions. The formation of the group was in response to the appalling build up of garbage on local beaches - a problem that just seems to be getting worse despite a growing environmental consciousness in Taiwan. (more here: forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopi … 8#p1737208)
We have a clean-up scheduled for Jun 11, 4pm, but the core principle of the group is that we are not here to function as free garbage collectors for the Taidong Council - we want to find a sustainable solution to this problem!
We have opened up two main fronts:
Apply Pressure on Taidong Council to bloody-well do their job and provide serviced rubbish bins at popular local beaches. (However, i should point out that although this is the group’s general position, there are people within the group that disagree with this tactic, and we welcome all veiwpoints)
Launch an education campaign about this problem
Long term foreigners love Taiwan, evidently, by still being here, but some of us also like to complain about certain things that we think could be better. This is a great issue for foreigners to take a lead on and actually do something about it. We know that systems exist for clean beaches, we see the garbage on the beaches here. We can make a difference (in a soft diplomacy kind of way), if we organize, take action, and light a way.