🚮 good thoughts and action on keeping it clean:
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This weathered old bottle contains a story. I wish I could say that it’s some romantic tale of a shipwrecked man holding on to hope that this makeshift vessel will reach his lost love. Instead, it’s a narrative of human complacency. On a highly trafficked beach, this bottle has been walked past hundreds of times per day. It’s been played with, kicked around, used as a cigarette depository, filled with sand then emptied, and then, sadly, tossed aside again. It has played out it’s days like this for months, if not years, knowing that ultimately it will be smashed into hundreds of sandal piercing shards. Eventually, maybe months down the road, the understaffed, underfunded, and undervalued USFS or BLM might organize a volunteer day to clean up this area, but shortly after, the process will start all over again. The story doesn’t have to be written this way. .
This isn’t intended to come off as self-righteous, or to make anyone feel guilty. I have been complacent and walked or ran past garbage in our public lands almost daily. For years. I think it’s common, if not instinctual to think “man, someone should really clean all this up.” Eventually we all have to realize that the someone is us. It starts with packing out your trash and recyclables...but the challenge to us is: Every time we find ourselves stepping over a piece of garbage on the trail, at the park, on the beach, or in the wilderness and thinking, “someone should clean that up”, BE that someone. .
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