To Litter or Not To Litter
Good Afternoon Watershed Explorers,
I know in my heart that I don't have to worry about all of the Watershed Explorers, so this blog isn't necessarily meant for you, but I hope that you will share this message with others. This is a topic that I discussed in a past post, but I think it's one that needs to be touched upon again.
With the extra time that people have, many have been visiting natural places. This is absolutely wonderful! The problem is that more people usually, and definitely in this case, means more pollution. My family visits many natural places in the state and more and more we are seeing added pollution. This list is extensive, but most of what we observe are plastic bottles, cans, snack wrappers, and tissues. I get asked a lot from both of my kids, "Why do people litter?" It isn't an easy question to answer kindly, but I always respond the same, "People probably just aren't thinking about how harmful litter is to the environment."
Littering almost always is a choice. Sure, sometimes a wrapper might fall out of someone's pocket on accident, but most of the time people are making a conscious decision about throwing trash on the ground or not picking up after their pet. This is when the choice should be not to litter. To most of us, the decision seems very easy, but time after time there is litter in natural places. Hopefully by doing our part and sharing the message of a clean and healthy watershed, we can encourage others to be respectful. Words can be very powerful!
I wanted to touch on one last item that connects to this topic. One of the most fun activities to complete while in the woods is the fallen log activity. Please just remember that if you do roll a log to look for critters, the log should always be gently rolled back into place. This is not litter, but disturbing an ecosystem can be just as harmful. It's very important to leave our natural places the way we find them. If everyone followed this rule, I wouldn't have felt the need to write this post.
Let's work hard to keep our natural places healthy and safe.