Thursday, 8 November 2012

Kindness Challenge Day 8: Pick Up Litter

OK, gloves on for this one - a litter pick!

I did a litter pick in our town the same week that I found out I was pregnant, so I have very happy memories of collecting dog poo, coke cans, discarded takeaway boxes and even a garden bench someone had thrown into the river! Although it's disgusting - not only picking up rubbish, but the fact that people think it's ok to just dump it all, it was immensely satisfying. There's a tremendous amount of rubbish in this town - no one is proud of living here and it's near two main roads so people think it's ok to throw their rubbish out of their car windows! SO that's why I only collecting a carrier bag's worth today - otherwise I'd still be out there next year.

I collected lots of rubbish, but I have to admit that I picked up something quite scary and decided to leave it there. It looked like a child's toy gun, so I thought I am not putting my fingerprints on that and getting arrested!

Anyway, there's a patch of land near the town centre that is looking much better today!!
Your Task: Day 8: Pick Up Litter

Pick up litter that you see today! It can be litter you see in the trains (I recall the London Tube and New York subway would have tons of litter), on the pavement, at the food court, litter that missed the trash cans and are strewn around bins, or litter around the bus stop. As long as it’s trash that has been misplaced, pick it up and put it in its rightful place—the trash can.

If there are recycle bins in your country, all the better—discard them in the appropriate recycle bin.

Pick up as much litter as you can manage. (There’s no need to make it your day’s purpose to comb your entire neighborhood of litter—otherwise you might not have time to do other things in your life!) Do as much as you can, within the day, within your capacity.

The point of this task is to get all of us working in creating a cosy home for all of us in this world. After all, the world is our home. Trying to define home as only the space we live in every night only serves to segregate and not unite us. Recognize that our home extends beyond just those physical walls and every ground we walk on, every neighborhood we walk in, every district we step into, etc. should be considered our home, too.

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