Unapologetic progressive. Fearless activist. Plucky liberal.

I went on a walk last week to enjoy a day of nice weather and found myself stopping to pick up trash in my apartment complex, because I was reminded of Rick’s resolution. There was more waste than I had expected: the ubiquitous cigarette butts and candy wrappers, plus straws, a broken comb, and, most surprising, an audio cable that had been there for so long it was mostly overgrown with grass.

I could have picked up a lot more than I did, but I wasn’t prepared and could hold only so much trash in my hands. So I decided my Earth Day project would be to take out a bag (plastic, unfortunately) and collect trash in earnest. I only have to take a couple of steps from my door before I find dozens of cigarette butts. I have to say I don’t understand why anyone starts smoking. If you absolutely MUST, however, at least dispose of your cigarettes in ashtrays or trash cans. Don’t throw them on the ground or out your car window.

I recycle every day, which is another little way I do my part for the Earth. Recycling and picking up trash are two easy ways to celebrate today. You could also bike commute, plant a tree or bush, or make a donation to an environmental charity. Be kind to the Earth, because it’s the only one we have. It is much easier to treat it properly in the first place than have to clean up after ourselves once our home is damaged.

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Comments on: "Doing my little part for Earth Day" (3)

  1. Picked up a bag of trash along my street this afternoon before it started raining. Most common items were styrofoam peanuts, parts of newspaper, and cigarette butts. Oddest item – a poker chip.

  2. Jane McClure said:

    A good way to celebrate Earth Day. I brought home papers & plastic from church last night since they aren’t recycled there, only aluminum cans. I also planted several seedling trees from the Arbor Day Foundation. I turned lights off, unplugged things, & carried out several buckets of water from my sink & put on my flowers, instead of pouring it down the drain. I try to do what I can, tho it’s not enough,but get frustrated that more people don’t seem concerned enough to recycle or use the new energy saving bulbs or do any number of things that would help us save our planet.

    • That’s so cool you planted some trees! I wish I could have done that. I don’t understand people who don’t care about the planet, either.

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