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Thinking, questioning, wondering. A Friday Trash Walk.

on November 22, 2014

I tried to write a post yesterday and just couldn’t seem to get going.  I sat in this very same chair for quite some time, writing an opening line or two, scrapping them, posting a picture, scrapping that.  Sometimes that happens.
So, I hit the streets in my neighbourhood for about 30 minutes, and trash walked.  And I thought while I walked.  I thought about how, on my personal Facebook page, I get more comments and action on a “fun” picture, than I do a post about something important like climate change, or social justice.  I wondered why a beautiful post that I shared called Gate A-4 by Naomi Shihab Nye was barely noticed.  Why is that?  Are people burned out or apathetic? Am I using Facebook too seriously.  Should it just be for fun?  No, I don’t think so.

I thought about Activist Abby.  Abby is a teenager in the US who is working hard to ban plastic bags.  There have been some successes on that front recently (California banned them), but there is a lot of big money pouring in to campaigns to repeal California’s law and to ensure that other states don’t follow suite.  Abby’s FB post yesterday sounded like she was tired, frustrated, feeling alone in the fight against plastic bags.  She isn’t alone, and her over six thousand followers can attest to that.  But sometimes, it can feel that way.  I know.

I also thought about the Eco Club that I help out with.  How pleased I am with the t-shirt bags we have been making, about selling them at the school’s Christmas concert.  About the money we will raise to donate to the WWF’s elephant conservation program.  About how I hope people who buy them actually use them, rather than plastic bags.  I use mine all the time!  I hope our bags will spark conversation about plastic.  I wonder if we should tuck an information sheet about plastic bags in to all our bags as we sell them.  I also thought about the new Litter Brigade program that we’ve initiated with Eco Club.  The kids are doing a great job picking up school yard litter, and I’m really proud of them.  I hope the message is getting through.  Here’s what Litter Brigade managed to capture during Wednesday’s lunchtime pick up.

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I trash walked for about 30 minutes, and I asked myself many questions.How many people walked by that coffee cup before I grabbed it? Who dropped it in the first place?  What kind of person does that?  Should I try again to get the city to put in some more public garbage cans?  Should I try again to get the Port Credit BIA to help me with this?  How can I increase my reach with this blog?  Who wants to read it?  How do I become more of an activist?  How do I limit the amount of stuff coming in to my house over Christmas?  Why don’t I use this handy “grabber stick” more often?  It’s great!  And so on and so on and so on.  Endless questions, endless thoughts, endless litter.

I didn’t come up with answers, but I did make a small difference yesterday, so I guess that’s a good thing.  I got outside on a quite cold Canadian afternoon.  I’m not a big fan of the cold (especially now, so early in to the season), so I like to think that getting out there at all was a big deal 🙂

Here’s my full bucket, and a partial list of what I filled it with.

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7 plastic bottles

5 aluminum cans

5 coffee cups (Tim’s….Canada….sigh….)

1 extra large drink cup, including plastic lid, plastic straw (McD’s)

2 diapers (these had been in an improperly placed garbage bag from someone in my apartment building, bag got ripped, diapers practically on the sidewalk.  Not a good image for our condo.  Might send a note to our management company about proper disposal procedures….)

1 fabric rag

5 bags of dog poo (particularly disgusting, no?)

When I was putting the recyclable materials in to the proper bins, I found this still inflated balloon stuck in behind them, so I was able to snag it as well.

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All in all, a good day, folks.  Keep on picking up, won’t you?  And as always, feel free to share photos on my Trash Walking Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/cindytrashwalking?ref=hl

Here’s a link to the blog post where I read Naomi Shihab Nye’s piece:

http://davidkanigan.com/2014/11/16/gate-a-4/

and here’s a link to Activist Abby’s FB page: 

https://www.facebook.com/ActivistAbby/timeline

Peace!

 

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One response to “Thinking, questioning, wondering. A Friday Trash Walk.

  1. Reblogged this on Old Owl Hoots and commented:
    Let’s not release balloons into the atmosphere.

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