Littering: you're not saving someone's job, you're being a jerk.

April 23, 2018

With yesterday being Earth Day I thought that I would give my little contribution on what I feel we all can do to help this big blue ball we call home a better place to live. Let's face it, we're stuck here, maybe our grandchildren might get to leave this planet and START to explore other planets, but that's a big maybe. So, in the meantime, we have to start taking better care of this place. So here are a few of Miss PC's helpful hints on how to make the world a better place. 

 First and foremost, don't litter, that's a jerk move. It always bothered me so much when people would litter and then they would say "I'm creating job security for someone" and then those same people would turn around and complain "why doesn't the government or school have a fix or upgrade for x, y, and z?" Newsflash, because you keep taking the money out of the budget with your littering! When businesses are not tied up with paying the have to's they can invest more in the want to's; and trust me, the custodian will still have a job. You are in no way adding money into any budget by littering. You can, however, add money to the budget of your government/school/ or a specific project directly or indirectly through donations (money or in-kind donations, or volunteering your labor and expertise) or simply by not littering. If you are thinking of working with a charity though "buyer beware", some of them are really shady, which is why I prefer to do it on a personal level. I like community cleanups, and clothes drives for the homeless, it's a good way to get to know your neighbors and to get people to take pride in their neighborhood. 


Now that we've all agreed we're not going to litter anymore, cause we want to be one of the cool kids what else can we do to save the environment. Well, I got you covered there too. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! I know you saw that coming, but it's so true. When I moved into my apartment It was so constructor basic; I hated it, I needed a place with character, but I had no money. What I did have was no shame and a willingness to ask people for what they were throwing away and give it a $5-10 update. For about three months I spent time taking apart furniture that was going to be taken to the dump, taking the parts I needed and creating my own pieces out of it. I was really sad once the whole place was furnished because there was still some old furniture in the garage that I wanted to re-purpose but I had nowhere to put it, and you have to know when to let go. Otherwise, you end up on an episode of Hoarders. 


So, we've all decided that we're not going to throw trash out the window or on the floor. We're going to reduce, reuse, and recycle as often as possible so the last thing that we all need to agree to get away from is fast fashion. I'm not going to lie; I was definitely a part of the problem when it comes to this one. I once had a total of 3 1/2 closets full of clothes and shoes plus another two dressers with clothes. I can proudly say I now only have one closet and one dresser. A good amount of the clothes that I had bought I had never even worn, so I donated them to charity along with my old car when I got a new one. I know everyone can't do that, I just felt like I had way too much and my family has always donated their cars to salvation army instead of trading them in (both of my parents are ministers). So, the point I was getting at is fast fashion goes so fast that I like it just long enough to buy it. This past year I finally sat down and established what my style actually is, and made sure everything was the right size. My wardrobe may be smaller, but I actually wear more outfits now. Having too much to choose from can give you decision paralysis, and now I only have what I like, and it's not a bunch of random styles so I can just grab anything and go now. I also know about the brands I buy from so I know it's not being made by a kid in a sweatshop and I know that they use ethical practices. I would rather pay a little more for a conscience. It means more work for me because some brands lie or tell half-truths, but I want to know what type of business my money is going into sustaining. 


Speaking of sustainability, the point of this article is just that we only have one planet and we need to take care of it like it is our mother/partner... if you take her temperature and its hot try to make her feel better. Don't throw stuff at her and dump stuff all over her. You only get one mother earth and once she gets heated up and fed up with all of us where are we going to go?


"Heal the world make it a better place for you and for me and the entire human race. There are people dying if you care enough for the living make it a better place for you and for me."


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