One person cannot put a dent in the problem and it will not go away overnight. I spent half an hour picking up garbage two blocks from my house and found more than 17 pounds of garbage. What if everybody spent just a little time each week cleaning up after others?
I decided to ask a like minded friend if she would give me a hand this weekend and spend about an hour picking up litter. Saturday morning we are getting our kids out of the house, putting on some rubber gloves and picking up garbage from our city’s streets. I think it will be a good experience, a great lesson and maybe we will get some pizza or ice cream when we are finished. If more people would take some time and do the same thing, before long we will notice a difference.
Over the next several weeks as we get closer to summer there will be a push to clean up our city. Local neighborhood groups always set aside a weekend when cleanup campaigns focus on a particular area of the city. These are great programs that do a lot of good but I think that residents need to do their part throughout the entire year and help cleanup this town.
— Matthew Nash can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org