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Transcending your line in the sand…

For the record, I support the Sierra Club, Nature Conservancy and National Wildlife Federation. The trio does admirable work against all odds (i.e. polluters and grubby politicians who shove the environment well down their pecking order of what’s important).

My leap may not be very long, but few things escape my grasp.

My leap may not be very long, but few things escape my grasp.

I am not alone in finding solace in the safety of numbers in these organizations. High volumes of members correspond to a broad reach and help these groups to achieve critical mass and bring voice and clout to what needs to be heard. That is good.

Where the rubber meets the road, however, is the line in the sand each of us has the ability to draw; what can we do as individuals to make a difference or bring a bit more environmental sanity in our little corners of the world? To leap or tiptoe over each of our lines is of no matter. It is that we cross the line that counts.

The national / regional / local environmental organizations are enormously helpful, certainly, but their power ends when each of us come up against a plastic bottle 20 ft. ahead on our path, followed some feet later by a polystyrene cup. At that moment we can decide to do something of our own volition – or take a pass and keep on moving. There’s no calling for someone else’s advice nor can you marshal a legion of environmental ground troops. It is your call and you need to make it quickly – and all too frequently.

None of us crosses the line just once. Yesterday’s line is already erased; we figuratively redraw our own lines – our boundaries? – every day. I obliterate my line every day with a single stride. I can’t jump like I used to but if that’s what it took to overcome this personal, ground-level barrier, I’d take a few steps back and get a running start.

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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