Shortly into my routine walk around the neighbourhood yesterday, I became unhappily aware of considerably more litter than “usual”. This is a hot button for me and I believe it speaks volumes about the people who think it’s ok to carelessly discard their trash.
My first thought – unfairly – was that it was the result of school having resumed a few weeks ago. Then it occurred to me that it might be a function of the time of year, independent of the resumption of classes.
There is a belief that the first piece of litter tossed on the ground increases the propensity for more litter to follow. Well, it’s autumn in Canada, and Mother Nature herself is tossing her unwanted into the wind to fall where it may. Is it possible that nature’s litter is inadvertantly providing tacit approval for others to do the same?
The more I walked, the more obsessed I became with the detritus at ground level.
There were the ubiquitous coffee cups from Tim Horton’s – an unfortunate sight familiar to every Canadian.
I found reminders of my status as a minority within my neighbourhood.
Items that were likely dropped unintentionally and probably missed at some point by their owner.
When will Toronto’s transit system finally discontinue use of paper transfers that frequently end up tossed on the ground?
Then there were signs of vandalism. Is it possible that someone was making a political statement by knocking down numerous campaign posters for the upcoming federal election? I feel their frustration.
… and I’m not going to even begin to guess what this might mean.
“I’ve always wanted to send a message in a bottle, with my message saying something like, “Don’t litter.”
― Jarod Kintz,