Green Life Project is a weekly series of posts highlighting one change for readers to make in their life in order to gradually green their lives.
This week’s Green Life Project action item is to pick up one piece of litter each day.
Oh, and after this week, continue the good habit.
Simple? Yes! Easy? Maybe not for all of us.
Picking up a piece of litter (or many pieces) was something taught to me by my parents, and even more so, that littering itself was, “bad.” My dad used to take a bucket to pick up litter along the road of our very rural property, which always included beer bottles, food wrappers, and cigarettes.
But over the last few years, I have rarely picked up litter, my squeamishness about “dirty” garbage getting the better of me. I also feel watchful eyes on me, as if it’s something to be embarrassed about. I’ve gotten over both of these and have begun to pick up the errant bottle or plastic bag here and there and either recycle, or, at the very least, throw it into the garbage. Some days I miss, and some days I pick up several pieces to make up the difference.
I realize that while this is a simple act, for many possible reasons, it may not be that, “easy” for all of us to perform. For the vast majority of us, I consider them excuses to be overcome, and let me from here explain why picking up a piece of garbage everyday can make for a much cleaner planet. I realize we will all miss days — I know I have — but try to do one per day and I know that you’ll often double up on other days.