Warning: This post contains ranting
One of the biggest things that grinds my gears in life is other people’s crap littering the countryside. It boils my blood more than anything. They are bad human beings and I hope karma comes back to bit them in the bottom. There is no excuse whatever.
A couple of weeks ago, members of the Outdoor Bloggers community took part in the second The Big Outdoor Bloggers Cleanup in an effort to reduce the amount of rubbish littering the streets and countryside while supporting the efforts of well-known bloggers, The Meek Family, who are have set up a campaign called Kids Against Plastic with the aim of removing 100,000 littered plastic bottles. We hope that by taking part we can help the family meet their target and, even better, exceed it.
I spent an hour walking down my closest road to remove litter that I could find. Within just 1km of my front door I collected over 42 pieces of rubbish. The list of rubbish is predictable and, although I don’t normally encourage stereotyping, I can’t help but paint a picture in my mind of the type of people who have discarded the litter that I found.
The litter included:
Fizzy drink cans
McDonald’s packaging (there is an establishment a few miles from here)
Bags containing bags of rubbish (didn’t dare look in them)
Rolls and rolls of telephone wire
That is my mood/angry/fed up/I want to hurt somebody face
Ah, the classic ditch-by-the-passing-place; a typical favourite for fly-tipping low lifes.
The rolls and rolls of telephone wire are interesting; we speculate that they may have been discarded by a BT Openreach engineer as they are the only likely suspects that would have access to so much telephone wire. By the amount of wire, it seems as though the culprit has used the passing-place to ditch their crap on several different occasions. Admittedly, the wire is still there. I haven’t removed it yet as there is so much of it. I’ll need to drive a car down to collect it.
I covered just 1km on my litter picking adventure. The closest village is 3km away and I genuinely feel sick when I jog around the villages and witness the sheer amount of rubbish everywhere I look. When I consider going to the village to collect litter, I find myself in a conundrum; do I spend my time removing litter from the village or concentrate my efforts withing the vicinity of my home? Which is more important? Which will make the biggest difference? It all becomes rather overwhelming the more I try to make a plan.
I wonder; is there any hope? Will the amount of littering ever reduce? Or are we fighting a losing battle?
Many say education is the key. But, can those people who really don’t give a shit be converted?
I really hope we can. The Big Outdoor Bloggers Cleanup events are a start and if just one person reads a blog post from a member who has taken part in the event then it’s definitely worth all of the effort.
The Big Outdoor Bloggers Cleanup events are a start and if just one person reads a blog post from a member who has taken part in the event and then decides to change their ways, then it’s definitely worth all of the effort.
If you have a spare 15 minutes, how about grabbing a bin liner and spending 15 minutes (or more, the better) collecting rubbish from just beyond your doorstep? If we all care and chip in, surely we can make a difference?