#sol19- March 5, 2019
I LOVE my new city, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I love being reminded every single day that I am living somewhere quite different. I marvel at the beauty, the resilience of a country that has been through so much, and the new experiences I get to have. But every now and then I am slapped in the face with something really ugly.
I often have to traverse “the stinky canal” on my way to somewhere else. Since I ride via tuk tuk I can confirm that the canal earns its name. The other day when I went by it was somehow so much worse.
and if that is not bad enough, my friend, Melinda, took this picture.
There really is a canal underneath all of this rubbish. Single-use plastic is a huge problem worldwide, but here you get to see it up close. At school we are teaching our students about this issue of course and our school is a “green flag” school set to ban all single-use plastic, but scenes like this really make me feel a bit hopeless.