Stretch, Bend, and Pick that Up!

Before Darling D and I were married, we spent a lot of time outdoors bike riding, running, and hiking. A favorite spot of ours was Big Basin Redwoods. Besides being impressed with the grandeur of the redwoods and the quiet that allowed one to hear the trickling of water falling, I could not get over the fact that there was no trash. I mean, if you were going to litter, then this would be the ideal place. There were no trash cans, which only increased the temptation to toss something to the ground because unless you were traveling with a group, no one would see you do it.

Of course, our day would end and we would return to the city where the landscape was occasionally spotted with pieces of trash. It was never enough to fill a standard garbage can, but it was there. For whatever reason, there are going to always be people who litter and there will always be a need for people to clean up after them. Although I appreciate seeing trash-free settings, I must admit that I don’t spend my day walking around picking up pieces of trash.

Clean Up the World Weekend (CUW) is an annual and global celebration that occurs the third weekend in September. The 17th CUW will be held September 18-20. During this weekend, many member organizations participate in clean up activities while promoting long-term environmental initiatives. If you want to participate in this global effort, then find a member organization near you.

If global is a little too large for you, then try something local and a little more personal. I have a challenge for you: Pick a public area (park, school, lake, beach, your neighborhood, etc.) and clean up. No need for fanfare or an arranged community event. Go solo or take a group of friends and spend one hour picking up trash. Use your lunch hour, wake up early in the morning, or spend some time at the end of the day before going home. Take your children along and/or invite the children of a friend to come along to have fun and learn. You will not only make a positive impact on the environment, but the lessons you will teach that child can be long lasting.

If you decide to take the challenge, then please come back and share your experiences with me here.

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One Response to “Stretch, Bend, and Pick that Up!”


  • Comment from Angela

    We take a bag with us for trash in the neighborhood every time we go for a walk. What is funny is our neighbors do the same thing except their dog goes and then he picks up the trash and puts it in the bag. How cool is that! Literally everytime they come home, they have a walmart bag of trash and the dog will be carrying an empty water or pop bottle!!


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