A story of my own that previously took place at the local Stop&Stop.
"How hard is it to pick up your trash and throw it in the wastebasket?" I was wondering the same thing yesterday, when I walked out of the grocery store, my grandmother's groceries in a bag slung over my shoulder. See, little things like getting to the entrance, getting a wheelchair and things of the sort are hard for my grandmother, so I decide to help her out when I can. Well, parked next to her is a foolish kid who'd like to consider himself 'gangster.' His hat is to the side, his shirt is ten sizes too big, his nose has been broken many times, (From cockiness, I'm sure!) and his music is loud. Now, I don't have a problem with loud music usually. But, I do when we're at Stop&Shop, a family grocery store where children could be standing right next to you. Well, under this kid's car is a large, plastic Cranberry juice bottle. Y'know what? I decided to pick that bottle up. But not without asking the boy if it was his... And soon enough, I was silenced with a "No, I don't know whose that is." Me being me, I gave the kid a break. Who hasn't parked on/near trash before? Not many of us haven't, at least once in our lifetime. Well, I was a bit shocked when I came back to find my grandmother arguing with the boy, telling him something along the lines of "I saw you drop that, you owe her an apology." I wasn't expecting one, but when I heard the boy reply to my grandmother with "Why you gotta get in my face, lady? Stop harassin' me!" I stepped in. "How dare you talk to her that way," I replied with, an annoyed look on my face. Eventually, I was tired arguing with a boy with an IQ of ten. Pick your battles, and pick them wisely... it really doesn't hurt to just pick up a piece of litter and throw it away while keeping your mouth closed. But my grandmother, being herself, fights for what is right... and thankfully, I am blessed to have a person like that in my life. You can't always be quiet when it comes to things that affect us all and this Earth, and I believe that was what my grandmother's point was. Pick up your own God damn trash. Throw that soda can in the recycling basket in your house, not the trash one for once. Not only will you get paid, but you'll save energy as well. Don't be afraid to walk up and down your street with a bag, picking up litter as you walk your dog. These are little things we can all do to help our world be healthier, safer, and preserve it longer for the children we have, may have, or may adopt in our lifetime. Various things you might be wondering about, and my answers to them.
Q: I like dairy and meat products. Why should I stop, or try to cut down on them?
A: Because animals used are treated poorly, and all of this could be stopped easily. Animals shouldn't be abused because we like the taste of them, don't you agree? See the website below if you'd like to read further.http://www.animalfreedom.org/english/information/abuses.html#pigs
Q: Is there anywhere I can find tips for going green?
A: There are many sites on this web that you'll find by just trying in "Green" or "Going Green." But, following under this sentence is a site that could help you with various daily tasks that you could make more environmentally friendly.http://www.thegreenguide.com/
Q: What is being 'environmentally friendly?'
A: To be environmentally friendly is to, in my opinion, worry about your surroundings and how they'll be affected by you
. Would your children want to live in a world filled with litter and pollution? See the site below for more information.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmentally_friendly
Q: If I decide to cut down via recycling, will I make that big of a difference?
A: Definitely. A huge one? Maybe not. But with the help of others, which I'm trying to do now, you will. Your kids will grow up healthier, you'll be healthier, and the world will be preserved for a longer amount of time. I'm not 100% sure of statistics, so I've come up with two sites that can provide you with the crucial information needed.http://ozarksfirst.com/content/fulltext/?cid=147681http://www.help-stop-global-warming.com/global-warming-recycling.html
Q: Can I save money by going 'green,' as you call it?
A: Heck yes! You can save money on various bills such as heating, electric, and water. Plus, you can just get some cash for bringing your cans to the local recycling center! Read how to do this below.http://www.thedailygreen.com/green-homes/latest/earth-day-money-saversWhy going green is such a big deal to me.
I know everyone bitches about the world, and why we're in so much trouble. But would you like to know why I, as a person, want to help? Because, if I can
protect the lives of children and this Earth at the same time, why shouldn't I? Being green is a big deal to me. The concept of 'Global Warming', to be truthful, scares the life out of me. From doing what we all are doing now, no good comes out of it. Animals are abused just so we can have them for dinner. The streets are littered with many things that are hazardous. Food and clothes are wasted each day, meanwhile people are starving and scantily clad. You can help them. Do it because I want you to. Because I dare you to. Because it will make others and myself happy. Because you can put a smile on a face by just doing your own part...Things I personally think you'd be interested in, if you have a bit of spare money.http://www.christianchildrensfund.org/spnscreat/SpnsCreatEntry.aspx?c8l5h=SPNSMICRO&moken=ggsp0908
Christian Children's Fund. Yes, they can be a nag... I know, because I sponsor a child myself. They'll pester you about taking on another one, even if you already sponsor. But, it's for a good cause. You can help. Why don't you?http://www.mspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=waystohelp_Ways_to_Donate
MSPCA-Angell. You've seen the heartbreaking commercials, yet you haven't written the number down... Well, here's your chance. As much as I hate to say it, some animal out there is whimpering because he or she doesn't have food, and another might be whining because they're taking some serious blows from a cruel owner. But, then, those two are rescued from those horrible situations. Well, what do shelters run on, dirt? Wrong. They all run on money, as you know. So, why aren't you helping pay? For all you know, it could be your cousin-you've-never-met's dog who's abused, or your neighbor's cat that you're unaware of because you never see it, seeing as they lock it in the house and don't feed it often. I'll love you if you do it, and so will those little tails... you'll see once they start wagging.