Citywalk News for May

Ferguson Still Needs You!

I’ve been reading a lot of posts on Next Door, Facebook’s, Ferguson, Missouri Friends, and Neighbors, even articles here in the Ferguson Times about our litter problem. What can be done?

Well my friends, family, and neighbors, it’s time that we take matters into our own hands and ‘Boycott Litter’. You heard me right, BOYCOTT LITTER! Did you hear me that time?

How do we Boycott Litter? Do we need the city to sponsor another litter pick-up day with hot dogs and hamburgers as a reward? Do we continue to complain about our litter problem on social media?

The answer to those last two questions is ‘No’. The answer to the first question is that we start a movement! But what is a movement without a name? I’ll tell you; a movement is nothing without a name, nothing is what it is, it’s nothing. So, I want to propose that we start this Litter Pick-up Movement and we call it;

Operation Clean Ferg-Nation!

What do you think? Does it have a ring to it? Operation Clean Ferg-Nation. I like it!

What’s next? Get out and pick up some trash.

We’ve all been stuck at home for over a month now and if you’re anything like me, you need to get out. Go for a walk but don’t forget to take along a trash bag, bucket, trash picking up stick/pincher, and disposal gloves. Walk around the block, or maybe two, maybe even through downtown and pick-up all of the litter that you see, if you can. When you get back home, throw the bag or bucket of trash in your garbage can and put your tools away, just don’t forget to take off your gloves and throw them on the ground before washing your hands. (Maybe another civic minded soul will come along and pick-up your gloves.)

There you go; easy peasy. Now don’t you feel better about yourself? About your community?

Wait a minute, if you would take a walk past the area that you just picked up every single piece of trash, you’d be lucky to not find more. Did I miss that piece of trash? Am I going crazy? (Well maybe, but I’m not one to judge.) No, you’re not crazy, that’s new trash! Do you get mad? No, you just pick it up and dispose of it properly and that’s why you should always have your arsenal of Litter Disposal Implements (LDI) at your disposal.

My philosophy about the problem with our thoughtless litterers is they don’t know better. They were never taught that they shouldn’t throw their trash out the window of their cars. (It makes their cars messy, and we don’t want that now, do we?) Think about this; trash gets picked up on windy days. I know I threw some trash here yesterday but the wind took care of it. You know that some people may actually believe that, but we know better, because we were there and we picked up the litter.

This is not an issue that is going to take care of itself; if we were to take a walk around the block and pick up all the trash and not do it again and again and again, all of that work would be for naught. This is not a ‘one and done’ boycott. Yes, we need to keep up the good work. We need to do this and we cannot count on anyone else to do it for us. So, make the commitment and get out there and pick up some trash. If you were to pick up litter for one hour a week for a month, that would be four hours of litter pick-up a month. Could you imagine if 20 people made that commitment of one hour a week, that would be a total of 80 hours of litter pick-up a month, could you imagine if 200 people made that kind of commitment, do the math, that is approximately only one percent of the City of Ferguson’s population. We know that more than one percent of the population see litter as a problem, and if they are anything like us, could you imagine?

What do think? Are you ready to boycott litter? Are you ready to join the movement; Operation Clean Ferg-Nation? Eventually, we’ll get a handle on the litter problem. The DOJ will say, “Wow, you guys are doing a great job, here’s some money, keep up the good work!.” (When you dream, dream big.)

The litter bugs won’t stop doing their job which means we can’t stop doing our job and, WE WILL OVERCOME this issue, we just need to keep it up.

Who’s with me? Let’s do this. I’ll see you on the streets with your LDI!

Afterword: I was kidding about throwing your disposable gloves on the ground; you should know better. Dispose of them properly.

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