Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Litter Cleanup {Mandela Day} 7 / 67 ways to change the world

As promised on Mandela Day 2013 (19.07.13), this is the my series on their 67 suggested ways of changing the world. This one also comes under the category of 'Think of others':

7. Organise a litter cleanup day in your area.

Many of us spend a lot of time complaining about how untidy or full of litter our towns, roads, parks or beaches are, but few of us actually DO something about it! Well here is your chance to make an active difference in your community!

When I went to visit my friend Dawn earlier this summer, I noticed a very good habit that she had: wherever we walked, she picked up litter and put it in the bin, or in her bag until she got to a bin. We went for a lovely walk along Woolacombe beach that evening and, without either of us saying anything, we both started collecting the litter that was washed up on the beach or floating in the surf where we were walking. Now, Dawn didn't have to ask me to pick up the litter, but because of her example all day, it just came naturally to me to pick up litter while we walked. It is something I now try to do as much as possible. 

Dawn's active example (not her complaining) inspired me to help her in what seems like a rather pointless pursuit. If you think about it, every time you inspire someone to pick up litter, they have the potential to inspire more people- in the end we could each be working towards making a HUGE impact in this area! 

So whether you start faithfully picking up litter, or whether you actually organise a litter clearup effort in your area, make a difference today by getting rid of ugly litter (not to mention how dangerous it is to wildlife!). 


Ronell x

The cost of litter to YOU and Britain infographic

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