On the Subject of Litter
by Susan Round
April 21, 2004
I agree with you Karen Ramsey. Part of the "litter problem"
is not seeing litter as a problem. I am reminded of a story told
to me recently by a friend: Young but legal adults, throwing
drink cans in the woods. They are spotted by the authorities
and asked to pick up the litter they have created. A young woman
is irate. "What's wrong with litter? Everyone just cares
about what the tourists think." I believe there is a perception
that litter is not a problem. That cleanliness is a superficial
concern. That litter in the woods is OK because we can't see
it. It suggests that the place to really tackle the attitude
that is creating the litter problem, is in the places we find
our very young, impressionale, and therefore trainable: our families,
our daycares and preschools, our sunday schools, and our elementary
schools. Begin here cultivating an understanding that littering
is not acceptable or excusable, and proper disposal of our garbage
is a personal responsibility.
Litter is unsightly. Some litter such as broken glass and sharp
metal can injure people, sometimes severely. Some litter such
as such as plastics and oil can injure or kill wild animals.
Large litter on the road or airborn litter can cause auto accidents.
Some litter such as cigarette filters, packing peanuts, and chewing
gum take an eternity to breakdown. So to the irate young woman
I say: Don't curb your inclination to litter for the "tourists"
sake, please do it for me and many other Ketchikan residents
who prefer our human habitat clean, safe, and "natural"
Ketchikan, AK - USA
Naive Hope by Karen Ramsey - Ward Cove, AK - USA
Speaking out against littering by Karen Ramsey - Ward Cove - 04/18/04
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