La Barra, or why we need to clean up our oceans

La Barra squareA few weekends ago I was fortunate enough to go with great friends to La Barra, a beautifully stunning beach in the Parque Nacional Natural Uramba Bahía Málaga on the Pacific coast of Colombia.

The photos I took do not lie, the place is simply magnificient and a great spot to spend a few days far away from civilization. Please go to my Flickr gallery for more pictures. The major tiny backside is that the beach is dirty.

And no I am not talking about the black sand, but about the plastic trash littering the place. Dozens if not hundreds of plastic bottles but also sandals, tampons, bags litter the place.

If you do not believe me, please pray have a look at the other photos I took, they will leave you breathless :

La Barra wasted 1

La Barra wasted 2

Pretty disgusting, no ?

Aside from that, La Barra has plenty to offer : agua de coco, great beaches, water at a temperature above 30 degrees Celcius (86 degrees Fahrenheit), incredible fish food, magnificient sunsets over the Ocean… The perfect spot to spend a few days alone, or with friends or with a lover.

You got it. I found another reason to work in sustainability : Cleaning up our oceans. Someone has been working on a way to do so. This will be the topic of an upcoming article.


Edouard is a sustainability and energy professional committed to bringing our societies to a carbon neutral future. He has been writing on related topics on this very blog since 2007.

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