There is estimated to be a garbage dump in the north pacific ocean the same size of the United States and 100 feet deep if not deeper – Captain Charles Moore founder of the North Pacific Garbage Patch
How much litter do you see a day? Growing up in San Pablo and Richmond I was confronted by litter on a daily basis, walking home and at school. Littering is a global problem faced by the planet, people, and animals. Garbage is a problem under the same umbrella as climate change. We saw an outcome of climate change when hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2004. Natural and human made disasters are driven by the rapid growing pollution in our air, water, soil, and bodies.
Some people are fed up with hearing problems and want to get involve in the solutions. William Haynes a Kennedy High student used media arts to express his feelings towards littering, you can watch his video below! People in the community are in the streets of Richmond beautifying areas by cleaning litter (read more richmondconfidential). Two months ago there was an International Coastal clean up day in Richmond, Ca, hosted by the city of Richmond and The Watershed Project (read more N.A.M). Jose Esquivel a Richmond resident and Kennedy High student wrote a blog about his actions and frustrations when faced with litter. Check out the stories below and see how you can relate to some of the people in our community.
Will attends Kennedy High in Richmond, Ca. He is concerned about environmental issues. Will also works for the RYSE Center, and does vblogs…check them out!
CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO SEE THE LITTERING VIDEO!
In Richmond California, littering is a well known thing. It is ordinary, it’s accepted but unacceptable. The morality behind littering is very much ignored. Littering is one of the main reasons a city or area is deemed unhealthy. Because of litter people loose respect for their city. When people loose respect, nothing good is to come. It’s VERY unhealthy. In order to live in a healthy environment, one must respect it. In order to be healthy one most respect themselves physically and mentally. In order to respect one’s self one must respect its environment. Richmond California’s environment and health has been harshly effected by littering (in what ways? What about the Richmond landfill?). It has affected us by making us seem like dirty people, disrespectful people and overall lazy people.
The cure to litter is very simple. Media. Through positive media we as a people can eliminate the struggles with the blasphemous act of littering. The real reason many people litter is because they’ve never been seriously told by a close role model about the serious impact of littering. Littering dose a greater negative then most people think. Littering is one of the many reasons people are refrain from entering an environment or helping it. Many people may think, “If they don’t care about, why should I?”
SO, we as a people must do what we can to be positive role models to our peers and stand up against the terrors of litter.
What are small things people can do in an every day basis to help the cause?
For more information check out the following Links: http://extra.mdc.mo.gov/nomoretrash/
To see how children can help the cause.
TO learn how not so large groups make differences.
For more information on cars and that type of littering
Jose Esquivel is another youth who attends Kennedy High, and his concerns also include environmental issues as well such as littering. CHECK OUT HIS BLOG BELOW!
When I see litter on the ground it makes me pretty angry. I start to think, “Why don’t people care?” You hear people complain and talk about how dirty a place is even though most of them either contribute to the problem or don’t do anything about it. It really makes me angry when I see people littering. If they are at distance where I can say something to them, without having to scream at them and seem to be aggressive, then most likely I will tell them to pick up whatever they threw on the floor.
There was this one time not too long ago when noticed someone throw a can on the ground and then just walk away. I was in Oakland with my friend and his dad who was driving. Watching that made me so mad that I accidentally dropped the F-bomb out loud while his dad was still in the car. I quickly realized what I said and tried to cover it up. My friend was laughing hysterically and I just laughed a little, because I also found it funny.
My friends and I dislike littering so much that we made a game where we have to pick up trash and throw it away if we step on it or touch some while we are walking. We mostly pick up bottles and look for recycling bins when we play this game instead of just throwing them away in the trash and not recycling. Throwing away your trash shouldn’t be hard. Actually isn’t there are at least one trash bin available on just about every block in any neighborhood.
I for one do not litter and you shouldn’t either! Why? First of all when you see a clean neighborhood what do you think? What I think is a little like...”Hey, this place looks nice and not raggedy, I like it. I might come back more often“. Now if I were rich and saw a clean community I would probably think something along the lines of…”Hey this place is pretty nice and clean, maybe I should invest in this nice neighborhood since it seems like they know how to take care of their streets”. Well that would be if I were “ballin”, that means I would have to have alooooot of money. Now If I was still loaded with money and saw a community that’s dirty with some litter on the ground even though there were trash cans around, then I would have to think twice about investing money.
Having a nice clean community will have people coming back to it and investing in it. It will also be beneficial for the air and people’s health. With less crap on the floor releasing chemicals into the air, it will obviously be less harmful to people who breathe that air. Like I said, Don’t litter, It’s better for you, your health, and your community.
As we find ways to help out the environment lets keep in mind the root causes to the problems. Only 27% of all plastic actually gets recycled! The rest of the plastic ends up in landfill's that affects near by communities or end up in the ocean. But! change starts small, I encourage you to recycle but at the same time think of the larger problems such as our recycling system! with love and respect