As outrage sets in over shocking photos of one of Sydney’s most popular beaches littered with rubbish, some critics can’t help pointing out a glaring double standard.
On Christmas Day, Bronte Beach in Sydney’s east hosted a backpacker festival. But the next day, the grass was covered in trash as far as the eye could see.
Not only was trash such as empty cups and bottles left behind, but backpackers also threw away perfectly intact towels, shoes and skis.
Furious residents shared the “disgusting” images on a local Facebook page and noted a chilling detail.
One social media user said: “Bronte Beach after Christmas Day celebrations. This is the generation that loves green.”
Another chimed in, writing: “This is how Greta’s climate warriors care about the planet… Young people are *dedicated* to cleaning up the world, as long as they can get some poor slave to do it for them.”
A survey in April this year by Our World, Our Say found that 80% of Australians over the age of 16 were concerned about climate change. However, as many critics online pointed out, many of the people making the mess were not Australian.
However, others were quick to respond, explaining that talking about climate change was a “false equivalency”, when parallels are drawn between two topics that have nothing to do with each other.
“I missed something. What does this waste have to do with environmental groups?”
“Not sure why bring Greta into the conversation,” said another.
Outraged by the sight, other locals flooded the comments section of the Facebook post to express their disgust.
“Sad, so disrespectful, fines should be enforced,” wrote one.
“Revolting No respect,” wrote another.
“Horrible! I feel for the council workers who have to clean up this disgusting mess,” said a third.
“OMG this is embarrassing,” said another.
David Stone, a local and life member of the Bronte Surf Lifesaving Club, said it was the “worst [he has] seen in 20 years”.
“The litter carnage (was) so bad that locals and first responders voluntarily joined the council’s extra cleaners to clean it up,” he told NCA NewsWire.
“I personally collected bottles, food, clothing including underwear, broken glass and piles of drug paraphernalia, plastic bags.”
“Too bad it’s all been dropped everywhere.”
Mr Stone said he was concerned the mess would prompt the council to introduce a ticket-to-pay system for major festivals.
“It would be a shame and I’d hate to see it closed and pay prime-time admission, but people need to take responsibility for their litter,” he said.
– With NCA Newswire
Originally posted as Ugly double standard after Bronte Beach littered after Christmas party