And I'm not going to lie... it's true that it can get a little disheartening going to the beach and seeing how people treat one of my most favorite places in the whole world. BUT... as much as it's disheartening....I don't feel helpless...
Awareness creates consciousness that helps to form change.
Something to think about: We've picked up over 17,000 cigarette butts in 60 days.... making our average about 284 cigarette butts every 20 minutes. Could you imagine if we picked up 284 water bottles every 20 minutes?? In my opinion, 284 of anything in 20 minutes is absolutely ridiculous. I have a feeling that the people involved in creating this short video would also agree.
Last week, my Aunt and my cousin were on a 4th grade class field trip to the Mississippi River. While dipping nets into the Mississippi to explore life in the river, one net came up with a cigarette butt.
Brita FilterForGood film .... and the next day my cousin's 4th grade class-- in a small Iowa town-- watched my film in class. :) YAY!! I am so appreciative of my Aunt for saying something... and have so much gratitude for my cousin's teacher taking the time to teach students something that isn't in school books.
Here's what I'm thinking... err... feeling, right now: There are so many people in this world on this same mission to create change... and no matter how big a person's reach is-- whether to one person or thousands of people-- ripple effects are powerful and far reaching. I have no doubts that change is going to come.
20 minutes on May 2, 2011 at Access 43
Litter by weight: 2 lbs 2.2 oz plus a broken beach chair
Cigarette butts: 151
|The beach chair is broken... the aluminum frame is snapped. :( In an effort to keep it out of the trash, I'm going to be dropping it off at Re-Eco to be (hopefully) repurposed!! :)|
Total amount of cigarette butts removed from Wrightsville Beach, NC in 60 days: