Created: 12 June 2015 12 June 2015
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It's what we all want, right? A better world. It's why we plant trees and train our children up to become good citizens.
But there is one way you can impact your world today that will have a lasting impact for a million years to come!
Don't believe me? See if this will change your mind...
You're feeling pretty good about yourself, aren't you? I don't litter! But there's a lot more to littering than the obvious.
The first time I read this, my eyes scanned right over the line about the 'orange peel.' Whoops. I'll have to admit throwing the occasional apple core or banana peel out the window. 'It's not litter. It will decompose!'
But after 2 years! I had no idea!
"When wildlife have the ability to feed off our trash, it puts them in danger in multiple ways. Like when you throw trash out the window, not only are you littering, but you're attracting wildlife to the side of the road which puts both them and us in danger." says Pheobe Perkins of Lake City Friends of the Bears.
Bears tend to become a problem (in Lake City) whenever people don't lock up their trash or leave pet food outside. And then we often punish them for coming around!
I then started thinking about the trash I throw away everyday. Not trash that I litter, but actually throw into a trash can and then is picked up. That trash will be there for a long time. In fact, my trash will outlive me by a long shot! But I forget about it because I don't see it anymore.
Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.
If you pack it in, pack it out.
Let's make sure the impact we're leaving on the world is a positive one!