Even if littering did nothing and whatever you threw on the ground had no affect on our ecosystems or planet, why would anyone choose to do it?
Not much irks me more than watching someone driving down the street in their car throwing trash out the window. We have kind of come to expect cigarette butts to be thrown out of the window, even though they contain mercury and arsenic and take up to 10 years to degrade, but I am talking about the people who throw soda cans, napkins, and fast food bags right out their window onto the street.
Just the other day, someone was pulling out of the grocery store parking lot ahead of me and threw a beer can out that almost hit my car. I tried to yell at him but of course he just gave me the finger, so I stopped and got out and put it in the trash can. I cannot clean up after everyone – but why would someone want to throw trash on the ground around their own town?
It’s like some people have stopped taking any pride whatsoever in their communities. Between trash on the streets, the giant billboards, the neon signs, and the parking lots the size of small towns, some people have seemingly stopped caring about what their surroundings look like. Separate from even the environmental impact of trash flowing into the sewers, being absorbed into underground aquifers, or ending up in the ocean – do you really want to look at trash on your streets and in your alleys? Has it really gotten that bad that a bunch of people can ruin it for all of us?
We have to clean up after ourselves and other people – it’s become pretty obvious that too many people think that throwing their trash on the street is A-OK, but it’s not with me. Trash on the street is not just ugly, it also is terrible for the earth because of what the trash is made of and where it is going to end up. It doesn’t just disappear into thin air! Items such as diapers take up to 500 years to degrade and plastic bags end up in the ocean creating a floating island bigger than Texas. Are we truly OK with that? I’m not, as I don’t want to look at it and I don’t want to have to deal with the repercussions later on down the line. So if you see some trash on the ground, do us all a favor – pick it up and put it in a trash bin. Even if everyone just picks up a tiny little bit, it will add up. Little things do matter, and never forget that. Small changes can make a big difference.
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