Great Outdoors Month
Hey MyHOWClub! This week we will be talking about trash! I know we all hate it, but what can we do? It’s a part of our lives unfortunately and especially where mass groups of people congregate and vacation it is inevitable. At the very least we can help by not adding to it, also known as pack in/pack out on trails but we can also apply this to our local parks and playgrounds. Being an advocate for others and educating is important too. Just the other day I saw a kid playing with a cup driving down the road, well that cup eventually flew out the window. Now as much as I wanted the car to do the ole Odoyle rules scene from Billy Madison, I knew the children were simply not educated in how littering and destroying areas effects the beauty of an area and for future people to enjoy. I hope we can all be advocates for the people we interact with and help community clean-ups and park clean-ups alike. Today we will discuss how to start your own cleanup, how to find an event near you, and just how to help your local area.
Starting a cleanup event has been made relatively easy with Facebook events, community boards, and could even be as simple as flyers/posts (yet one could argue this creates more trash!) Typically communities will have areas where you can post your event. Weekends/nights can typically recruit the most people, and sometimes just like the field of dreams, if you bring supplies/snacks, people will come. I can optimistically say that most people that come to parks are coming for the enjoyment of nature and beauty and do not want to add to its deterioration. Sometimes being seen cleaning up and leading by example can be all the motivation people need to clean up after themselves. A little nudge never hurt anyone, after all.
I did a little research and found a great blog that outlines a step by step on how to start a cleanup event. Budget Dumpster has a blog called the Fill and it has a great post on creating an event all the way through proper planning, leading, diversifying jobs, and rewarding volunteers. I highly recommend visiting the site, linked here.
As for people like me where I would rather join a volunteer event than start one, there are many different resources for volunteering and community event in your area. Did you know there is a national park in every state? It is more than likely you are within 100 miles of a national park. The National Park website has a state by state resource to find volunteer events. From small cleanups to adopting a trail, these are all great ways to be an advocate. Connecting has never been easier and can all be done over the internet or by phone. Even if access is a problem, local parks and neighborhoods are a great starting point. Point is we can all be advocates of cleaner, fresher living, and just like the power of parks video, we can all make these better places to enjoy.
Thanks for reading -B