When we first moved back to
One day, while walking the younger of my daughters home from school, she nonchalantly dropped an empty crisp bag on the pavement.
“Err… why did you do that?” I wanted to know.
“Well everybody does so one more isn’t going to matter, is it?”
Yes it certainly would matter! I explained to her that just because everybody else does something doesn’t make it right and, having been plucked from the frightening pile of sweet papers, fag packets and various other detritus that lined the street, the crisp packet came home with us.
Unfortunately, littering is a common habit here and in many other countries. Why? I really haven’t a clue. Why would anybody want to live surrounded by rubbish when they could otherwise have a clean, safe environment to live in? Beats me!
Not only is litter unsightly, animals get hurt by it. Many suffocate inside plastic bags and containers, others are cut by glass, birds get their beaks stuck inside the necks of plastic bottles and starve to death and empty cans are always dangerous once an animal gets the scent of food inside, even those without their lids on. Birds and fish die from swallowing balloons, bottle tops and other small plastic items, and abandoned fishing line wreaks hazard for the birds and mammals that make their homes on and along rivers and canals. And to think the latter's left by people who claim to enjoy being out in nature!
I remember taking a walk through a very small local wood last year and coming across an area where a few people had obviously gathered. There lay a pile of empty beer cans and a couple of used nappies! It wasn’t a pretty sight. And considering that a disposable nappy takes between 200-500 years to biodegrade, they’re going to be laying there for a loooong time! Parents leave nappies on beaches, in parks, along road verges and… well, just about anywhere it’s possible to leave one! Are they really that uneducated or do they just not care? Are so many Brits really happy to be living in a country filled with trash?
I’ve always believed that if you’re capable of carrying something with you when you go out, you’re equally capable of carrying it back home again. It really isn't difficult. There’s absolutely no excuse to litter and set the taxpayer back more council tax than necessary just because part of it’s being spent on cleaning up after those who are plainly too lazy to clear up after themselves!
Let's have some pride, eh? England could be such a beautiful country if so many of its people didn't create such eyesores.