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God’s green earth on a Sunday morning

I wonder how it is, after only 48 hours since my last trek around the block, there can come to be roughly 10 lbs. of junk lying alongside the curb and sidewalk of my path.

In all my time of doing this, I’ve never seen anyone ever throw anything out, but there it is: a McDonald’s styrofoam cup, Bud Lite cans, a tiny Smirnoff bottle,

Honestly, where the hell does all this stuff come from and who's responsible for it?

Honestly, where the hell does all this stuff come from and who’s responsible for it?

untold plastic bottles, a couple of Coor’s Light cans, several paper cups from P.F. Chang’s, a bunch of plastic straws and bottle caps. The big prize: a crunched Toyota hubcap. My little bag was bulging before I went a mile.

This bag couldn't hold another bottle or can. It was filled to the gills.

This bag couldn’t hold another bottle or can. It was filled nearly to the bursting point.

If a photo says 1,000 words, then this one must speak a lot of profanity.

We keep dumping on God’s green earth. Pretty soon it may not be so green no more.

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.

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