To truly enjoy nature and all its many creatures, we all need to do our part to keep the Earth clean and beautiful. We can all work together to make this happen. While not everyone will share this same desire, we can also do our part to help eliminate their bad choices, and re-educate those who want to learn more. Here are a few easy ideas to get you started in thinking about how to keep the Earth clean, and therefore making it a happier home for all the animals and humans that inhabit it.
Littering is a serious problem. While unfortunately, we can’t make people stop throwing their trash on the ground, we can help to get rid of the trash that doesn’t make its way into a trash can. It’s not a glamorous job, but if we all pitch in, many hands make light work. You’re sure to find all sorts of random things, and not just the normal fast food trash. Some of the weirder things I have found have been a Good Morning Snore Solution anti-snoring device, a tickle me Elmo, and an unopened, brand new, pack of underwear. People sure are strange! You’ll be sure to find some strange things as well, and have great stories to tell on your adventures to keep the Earth clean.
Nothing says picking up trash has to be boring! Try to make it fun! Gather a group together and work as a team (or compete as two teams to make it an exciting game) and then treat yourself to a milkshake afterwards. The ones who gathered the least could buy for the ones who collected the most trash, or you could even give a prize for the most unusual item found. Then, be sure to pat yourself on the back for a job well done!
You could also start a campaign to educate your circle about Reduce, Reuse, Recycle . Finding ways to keep trash out of the landfill and giving it a new life are super helpful to increasing the quality of life here on this planet for both the animals and people. So many people aren’t educated enough about the beauty of recycling, the types of things that can be recycled, and how to recycle. Help them to know how!
One fun way to do this would be to create a public service announcement via video, and post to to your Facebook and Twitter. Get creative and have a blast. Make it a song, make it serious or silly – all that matters is that you are getting the word out. If you have a friend that is good with drawing or painting or graphic design, have them make a poster you can share electronically. Whatever it is you’re good at, there’s a way to use that to raise awareness, and keep the Earth a more beautiful place.
Lastly, when you are out enjoying nature and stumble upon wild life – leave these animals alone! Animals in the wild deserve to be treated with respect – from the smallest to the largest – and that includes their homes and little ones. Please do not try to make them your pets – these animals are completely different from domesticated animals and should be treated as such.
Be respectful and leave nature just as you found it – or better yet – even better, by removing any trash that may have found its way into nature, and never take apart or trample any nest or burrow you may find. By respecting all creatures great and small, you ensure that the ecosystem can function properly.
Keep sharing the word and doing your part to keep the Earth beautiful and clean, just as nature intended. You educating your friends and family is the most important job you can have, so please take it seriously and do not ignore it. By doing your part, you ensure that not only will these animals live longer and happier lives and that nature will be as it should, but it will also help with your quality of life as well. It helps and benefits you to look out for nature.