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As children, how many of us were not taught to pick up after ourselves, to clean up our surroundings and to take pride in completion of the tasks?
Many evenings lately I have been taking my dog, Macie, for walks on my neighborhood streets. As we walk, I am repeatedly shocked by the amount of litter that is thrown onto the streets and curbs. Water bottles, soft drink cans, fast food wrappers and cigarette packages are the most common items. I have expressed my concerns about this mess to many, and the common response is that people simply do not care.
In writing this more than likely I am “preaching to the choir,” but just maybe the childlike wonder and respect for our surroundings and our environment in one habitual litterer will be rekindled.
I end with a quote from the beloved environmentalist, Margaret Mead, who said, “Never doubt that a small group of people can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”