What are we doing? Maybe, just maybe, it seems trivial to some. Maybe, others simply cannot see the importance. Maybe, some simply don’t care.
By now, if you’ve read much of what I’ve written, you realize how much I love hiking in nature. I wouldn’t call myself a tree hugger, but maybe I’m not really that far from being one. Because I care. And some of the lack of respect, okay, all of the lack of respect just ticks me off. To be walking in a somewhat pristine area and come across a plastic water bottle, a beer bottle, candy wrappers tossed to the ground and left throws me off balance. It doesn’t fit, and it doesn’t belong.
I was hiking up the mountain a couple of days ago. There are two dumpsters on the mountain. One half way up the step trail, the other is at the top of the Tower Trail. I got to the dumpster on the step trail where I usually stop to chug down some water. Less than six feet- six feet- from the dumpster, someone had thrown down a large plastic cup. Why? Six feet y’all.
The same day, up on the topside. I picked up two plastic water bottles, a kids juice drink bottle, a small Jack Daniels bottle (which isn’t even supposed to be on the mountain) and some candy wrappers. I had remembered my plastic bag. am I bragging on me? Nope. I’m ranting about the disrespect and downright laziness of others.
I won’t even go into the graffiti. We really, honestly, don’t care that you were there. You really, honestly do not have to leave evidence. It only shows your immaturity and irresponsibility. Okay, so I guess I did go into the graffiti.
This was just two trails on the mountain. What in the world has gotten into us? What have we lost?
It isn’t just on hiking trails. People are finding back roads to dump their garbage. People are tossing stuff out of their cars along roadways or in parking lots. Parking lots that have garbage cans available. Why? When did we become so lazy and uncaring? When did we become so disrespectful for others? You don’t want trash in your car, I understand. You don’t want to carry an empty bottle, I understand. But if you can’t dispose of trash properly, then maybe you shouldn’t have had that bottle of water or what ever you had in your car to begin with. Everyone else on the planet is not your mother. Don’t expect us to come along and clean up after you.
It isn’t just people. Look what big corporations are doing to our skies, to our waterways, to the landscapes. Most of us have seen the photos of areas where the air pollution is so thick you can’t see through it, much less breathe. And we wonder why people have chronic breathing issues? Consider the water. How many places are suffering drought? Where will their water come from? Must we really have our water in plastic bottles?
Notice how when everything was locked down, how the earth was healing.
Consider those areas in the oceans that are huge areas of garbage. Large floating masses of plastic and trash that is killing the sea life. Just because an ocean looks like a large, vast, area of nothing and we can use it as a refuse dump, does not make that so.
Think of the clear cutting of rain forests or any forest. We need those. We need the oxygen created and the carbon dioxide removed. They also help hold top soil in place. They create shade, send the wind on its way, provide homes for animals. The responsibly harvested wood provides for humanity.
We have become a society of fast food, micro meals, bottled water or soda or energy drinks. We don’t try to repair, we replace. Toss the old bring in the new. Where does the old go? We have giant landfills, we toss trash along the roadway, we dump the unwanted along some back road on someone else’s property without concern. To be someone else’s worry.
I do see, where there are people who have also grown weary of the disrespect of others and are going out and trying to clean up as they are able. They shouldn’t have to do this, but the fact they are, earns my respect. And in a way, it answers my question, does anybody care anymore? Yes, there are some who do still care, and I applaud you.