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The ‘upstream’ impact starts with us

Efficiency experts tell companies to go to the source of the issue if they want to solve the downstream problem. Don’t worry about fixing the logjam; go upstream to the source of the logs.

The same approach applies to the trash idiot dolts discard. If it’s not picked up and recycled or disposed of properly, the net effect is that there is a good chance plastic  bottles,

So what's the next stop for this cup? The Catawba River - and on to the Carolina coast? I am the upstream caretaker. Keeping flotsam from the waterways starts with me.

So what’s the next stop for this cup? The Catawba River – and on to the Carolina coast? I am the upstream caretaker. Keeping flotsam from the waterways starts with me.

bits of styrofoam, drinking straws and virtually anything else can waltz into our environment and waterways unchecked with long-term, detrimental effects.

Look no further than the sickening photos of Chris Jordan (http://www.chrisjordan.com/gallery/midway). Man’s reach is bobbing up and down in the furthest oceans; no place is safe from us, it would seem.

This is where you and I come in. We are the upstream. Every bottle cap we stoop to conquer, every piece of floatable styrofoam, every shard of plastic you and I remove from the environmental loop reduces the downstream impact.

It’s up to us. We are at the head of the trash chain.

About Dave Bradley (254 Articles)
I'm the one behind two totally unrelated blogs; one on 15 years of writing a weekly letter to my kids (plus other recipients), the other on my localized environmental responsibility. I'm a writer by trade and both endeavors are accepted practice for me. As for the letters, my adult children Ellen and Reid may have seen letters as corny at one point, but it's accepted practice for them, too, to find something in their mailbox other than bills and junk mail. Email and texting don't do a lot for me for a lot of different reasons. Snail mail has its place in the communicative world so as long as they keep selling stamps, I'm buying. As for 'Pick Up Your Path' and the environment, I advocate what citizens can do themselves to take a direct hand in their neighborhood environment. But Pick Up Your Path is also a general environmental blog. It may be largely about litter and trash, but both of those are just one element of the total environmental picture.

1 Comment on The ‘upstream’ impact starts with us

  1. Reminds me of a simple lesson learned in the Boy Scouts: leave the land in a natural state as you found it. Thanks for your quest to preserve nature and its inherent beauty!

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