Remember to always think before you litter, says letter writer. (NEWS BULLETIN file photo)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Pieces of litter start to add up

There is so much garbage being littered on the side of the road

To the editor,

I am 14 years old and attend Dover Bay Secondary School. I consider myself a youth environmental activist because I care and want to support the environment.

I am concerned about a strip of Hammond Bay Road, I’m sure some of you have seen, between Norasea and Parkway roads. There is so much garbage being littered on the side of this road. Every time I walk by the garbage it hurts me to look at it. To think that people are really just too lazy to find a nearby garbage can is awful. The way I see it is that everytime you litter a piece of garbage, you’re covering up a beautiful piece of nature. I get that you may not want to carry your garbage all the way home, but if we keep this littering up how do you think the Earth will look in 10 years, 20 years, or even 50 years? There won’t be any grass or sidewalk. It’ll just be garbage.

Every time you litter, think about all the other people that are littering around the same time in the same area. You may think it’s no big deal; it’s just one wrapper. But it’s not – it’s one wrapper times seven billion people littering.

A solution to this problem is to maybe not buy so many packaged items whether it’s food or a toy. I know this is hard because almost everything is packaged,but we have to do something about this issue. Put your garbage, compost, and recycling in the proper bins for starters. Reuse plastic bags and don’t buy plastic water bottles. Those are just a few ways to reduce waste in our environment.

Remember to always think before you litter.

Stella Parr, Nanaimo

The views and opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are those of the author and do not reflect the views of Black Press or the Nanaimo News Bulletin. If you have a different view, we encourage you to write to us or contribute to the discussion below.

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