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So, where’s the litter pick up movement? …

Let’s be honest.

I thought the idea of keeping sidewalks and paths clean of litter would catch on a lot faster than it has (in fact, it hasn’t caught on at all, or at least my version of it hasn’t captured the nation’s imagination). There is no groundswell of support, no crush of citizens clamoring to corral litter, no local chapters springing up in neighborhoods all over creation, no blog readers by the tens of thousands (heck, I’d settle for the tens), no posts going viral, no photos reprinted in newspapers (and no newspaper editorials), no branded T-shirts or litter bags.

The operative terms here are no, none, and nada.

I don't blame people for not carrying a bag along with them. But I do know this - all it takes is removal of one plastic bottle or chunk of styrofoam to feel better about things.

I don’t blame people for not carrying a bag along with them. But I do know this – all it takes is removal of one plastic bottle or chunk of polystyrene to feel better about your place in the natural order of things.

This may be because:

A) The author is completely and utterly lame at promoting his blog along with his notion of neighborhood cleanliness (perhaps the author needs to quit beating a dead horse (i.e. bashing slobs) and cite more statistics and factoids and/or proffer uplifting/inspiring content). And he’s certainly not technically savvy/creative enough to engineer a truly attractive, attention-grabbing blog.

B) It’s a fairly unsavory idea; that is, getting your hands filthy by picking up someone else’s intentionally discarded junk. Most sane folk might agree with the Big Picture but get queazy at the specifics required to be a path picker-upper. It’s at this point where the best of intentions parts ways with reality.

C) Both of the above.

D) Other factors altogether.

This isn’t a quiz. There aren’t any right answers (although A is probably as close as anything). Maybe I need your help to jump start this movement.

I’m open to any and all ideas about how to push this rock up the hill; promotion, blog redesign, new directions for posts, etc.

My hands may be busy along the sidewalks, but my ears are otherwise all yours. Email me at

About Dave Bradley (264 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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