"If there’s a world here in a hundred years, it’s going to be saved by tens of millions of little things. The powers-that-be can break up any big thing they want. They can corrupt it or co-opt it from the inside, or they can attack it from the outside. But what are they going to do about 10 million little things? They break up two of them, and three more like them spring up!"
- Pete Seeger, in YES! Magazine

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Cleanin' up the 'hood

We live in a very nice neighborhood, but for some reason, even in very nice neighborhoods, people think it's OK to toss their trash on the ground. It's a bummer. I may not clean up the house as well as I should, but dang it, let's grab the wagon and take a walk!

The project:
Pick up trash in the neighborhood along one of our regular paths.

20 minutes

Why bother?
People are more likely to litter in places that already looked trash. Don't believe me? Check out this article about a Dutch study into trash and trashy neighborhoods. So, maybe if we pick up the trash, fewer people will toss theirs, then our neighborhood will remain pleasant.

Worth it?
Sure - exercise, community service, tired little girls.

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