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Apr. 8 2010 - 7:08 pm | 100 views | 0 recommendations | 2 comments

This Crab Wears A Broken Bottle For A House; Garbage Isn’t So Bad

a hermit crab using a broken soda bottle for a shell

Look at the little guy doing what we should do: Just pipe down and adapt.

What’s all the fuss? When garbage and pollution are everywhere, that’ll be the new natural.

Take this snippet from (the thoroughly excellent) ClimateShifts.org:

The discussion on the problem of marine litter takes me back to an incident in Sulawesi Indonesia where school kids doing a beach clean thought that the litter was normal and started clearing up all the organic debris instead of the rubbish. Where do you start?

via Climate Shifts » Blog Archive » Marine pollution in SE Asia.

The author, Richard Unsworth answers his own question. Pick up the shells, don’t recycle them, and throw them in a landfill until the landfills overflow with all the stuff that tree-huggers love so much.

Unsworth even throws in a photo that totally makes my case — a hermit crab is using a broken soda bottle as a home. That crab doesn’t see problems. He’s got a brain half the size of a mouse poop, and the only thing he sees is opportunity.

And the crab’s doing us a favor. Of course, that little guy isn’t doing this for us, but just the same, no one’s going to step on that broken bottle. I mean, it’s moving!


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  1. collapse expand

    If you’re lucky, you adapt. The unlucky go extinct. Evolutionary adaptation isn’t a matter of wanting it enough; it’s a matter of winning the mutation jackpot.

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