I'm blessed to
live in a neighborhood with numerous walking paths. Most are sidewalks, but
even more are unpaved trails that wind through trees and along a stream. During
my journey, I encounter both civilization and a taste of wilderness . . . And humans trash
I know, I sound
like a tree hugger. In a way, I am. I believe we were put on this planet to enjoy its fruits and to care for it. I'm saddened that so few of my
fellow souls share the same philosophy. Sure, they're out doing something
healthy for themselves by exercising, but when they toss away their empty water
bottles without they are causing damage. It's as if carrying
the bottle the extra few feet to a trash barrel would be too much of a strain.
As I walk, I have
a rule. If a glass or plastic bottle, aluminum can, or drink cup are located
near the path I'm on, I pick it up. I don't gather the other trash I encounter.
Why? Because my local city will only recycle glass, plastic bottles (not bags),
and aluminum. Plus, I have to be practical. If I spent my entire time picking
up trash, I'd never accomplish my first goal: exercising.
During my average
morning walk, I accumulate between 5 - 7 bottles and cans. People give me odd looks
when we pass, because my arms are so full. I return their odd looks and want to
ask them "Why aren't you helping?" Are you a tree hugger? If so, let me know in the comments. It would be nice to know I'm not alone.