Lack of care for our neighbors' well-being = Global Warming
by Geoffrey Grant
(Munster, Indiana, USA)
Butts as far as the eye can see
Though the good title is broad, it comes from my personal experience of picking up litter at public parks in a very affluent town in the Midwest. Many receptacles are available for use, yet I can easily pickup 100 to 200 items within one hour from any of the town parks on any day of the week, during the warm months.
Most of the waste is from cigarette use and plastic bottle users. I have brought this issue to the attention of the town's recreation department with no response.
Waste items are manufactured by mankind for mankind. These items are not biodegradable and are harming our soils, surface and ground waters, our neighborhoods' values and eventually our air. Since our foods come from water and soil, we are harming ourselves. These items are created for our consumption, but the factories do not recover these items for re-use, when we litter. These items pollute our landfills, water, land and air and therefore ourselves and our neighbors on this earth and its animals, such as our insects and fish, which pollinate and give us food respectively, as an example of co-dependence.
I am not here to educate, but to help the polluter to realize that littering means that one does not respect their neighbors and has a "me first and you second, even if it kills me in the end" attitude. That attitude needs to be changed and if it isn't changed by the polluter, then society will "tax" the user of these items, as well as the producer and will spend this extra energy and money raised to force the desired outcome. Coal usage, oil usage - you name it - the government will place carbon taxes on anything that you and I litter on the ground, roadway, water and even release into the air, such as cigarette smoke, due to its known ability to cause cancer.
Give a Hoot! Don't pollute. Love your neighbor as yourself and place that litter into the receptacle, even if you have to walk an extra mile to do so. The only Earth needs your attention to this small detail.