We’ve all grown up in a society that says littering is NOT okay.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent on advertising campaigns, school programs, animated “messages” secretly added into Saturday morning cartoons, print ads, jingles, and a slew of other mainstream media opportunities. Local law enforcement will often (although not as often as you’d think) give people tickets for throwing stuff out their car window or missing trash cans altogether. And yet, what no one is telling any of us — what no one is owning up to, is the fact that littering is not as bad as they say.
In fact, I’m going to tell you why littering is OK.
Now before you lump me into the category of “scientists who don’t believe there’s such a thing as global warming being caused by humans” and before you rally against my “littering ways” — I’d like you know that I’m all for keeping this planet pretty. Sure, if we all did our part it would (probably) make a difference. But before there were wastebaskets and before society got all crazy on us for throwing trash away, there was a little thing called wind.
That’s right — wind.
In the olden times, before a trash can could be found on every corner, or before people traveled with mini-garbage trays in their modes of transportation and before the ancient cavemen had fanny packs — what did people do with garbage? That’s right, they’re threw garbage on the ground. And there wasn’t any rebel cavemen in orange jumpsuits being forced to pick up said garbage. Around the ancient tundra there was garbage littering — from old bones and half-eaten food carcasses to wood and stone and a cave-full of crap.
And yet, the planet seemed just fine.
That’s because the environment and the weather patterns did their part in taking said pieces of garbage and blowing them away. Into the oceans, into chasms, into places where they would disappear forever — thus leaving the landscape fairly clean in the end.
Today, things aren’t much different.
Sure, we’re making plastics and some non bio-degradable items, but the majority of littering consists of food, dirt, wood and skin particles — and do you know what happens when you leave that stuff on the ground (or throw it out your car window while doing 80 on the freeway)?
The wind makes it disappear.
Society doesn’t need orange-jumpsuited felons to get rid of the garbage. The people of the world don’t need rules and laws and punishment related to littering to keep the planet clean. Civilization needs to rely on what was here before the rules and just let this planet clean itself up, on it’s own. Maybe the fact that this planet is so screwed up is because we’re trying TOO hard to clean this planet up. What would happen if we just threw caution (and garbage) to the wind, and let Mother Earth take care of it the way she saw fit?
Tsunamis, earthquakes and Armageddon would probably get rid of a lot of garbage, too.
That’s why I say — let the Earth take care of it while you throw crap out the window of your Suburban on the 405. In the end, things will probably be better off because of it.