Friday, September 28, 2012

Local Trash Collectors

When we lived in Guam, we used to go for walks around the jungles and beaches with the intent to clean up. Trash often laid strewn in areas where it was clearly not washed up from the shore, and the litter left behind by others was quite sad to see. As a family, we'd make a group effort to just do what we could on occasional outings. It was incredible what we could pick up in just a measly stroll for 30 minutes to an hour. In working together, on our own, we want the kids to learn to do the right thing, even when it's hard and it is a mess made by someone else. We want them to learn that you don't just do the right thing when you're at cub scouts, or with your school group, or for a ribbon. You can make a difference on your own.

There are rules of course- no one can touch nasty things like syringes, or cut glass. Everyone must keep their gloves on until the end. And we stay together and help each other so no one accidentally wanders off or gets hurt on brambles or nettles.
When we camp, we use the motto 'leave it better than you found it' and we encourage this at home as well- especially in the bathroom, which is often left with squiggles of toothpaste, washcloths, or an unflushed toilet. So far, not much progress within the house, but outside our home, that's a different story.
We haven't set out on one of these collection walks for awhile, as our schedule has been ragged. But last night, we took a brief walk, just a few blocks around the neighborhood. You wouldn't believe the trash we collected...
No doubt it's now better than we found it. Kudos to the local trash collectors!

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