If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you may know that I only decided to create this blog after a nudge from my friend Tracy. She’s awesome like that… always giving me inspiration and encouraging me to do more. On Tuesday, Tracy and her two kids joined me and my three kids at Access 36.
As always, our kids played A LOT while Tracy and I picked up litter for 20 minutes… BUT… it never fails that even while they’re playing they take the time to run to us with handfuls of litter. It’s engrained in them… when they see a piece of litter… they pick it up. They understand that everything and everyone is connected…
My friend Julie and her family have been doing 20-30 minute clean ups at Wrightsville Beach throughout the winter. Of course, they’re counting the cigarette butts they find. On Sunday, Julie and her family went to Access 36 and removed LOTS of litter… and 412 cigarette butts!!!
For some reason, I was actually surprised by that number. The last two times we had been to Access 36, the cigarette counts were 92 (Feb.) and 101 (Jan.). In fact, the last time we picked up over 400 was on New Years Day at Access 16. As we picked up over 300– on World Water Day— I began to contemplate what the difference is…. I’ve come to two conclusions.
Footprints. Bird footprints. And they’re everywhere…. in a mess they didn’t create.