Written by Pamela K. Orgeron, M.A., Ed.S., BCCC, ACLC
As I walk to and from Gallatin Road down Neely’s Bend when running an errand, the beauty of an approaching spring catches my eye. However, amidst the beauty, a distraction prevails: garbage!
I am amazed at the number of beer bottles and other beverage cans, the candy wrappers and other items littering the roadside, especially around the creek near The Salvation Army.
The sore eye of litter remains a problem throughout the community, not only on Gallatin Road. This blog is an appeal to citizens everywhere, not just in Madison, TN, to stop littering and clean up our parks, roads and neighborhoods.
Drivers and pedestrians both need to be alert of the litter problem. Or have we become so impatient to keep our automobiles clean that we toss that empty cup or candy wrapper out the window rather than throwing it in a garbage can at our next stop? Have we become so thoughtless and so lazy that we don’t train our children and remind ourselves to respect our environment by keeping it clean?
Cleaning up our community and countryside isn’t something we do once to forget it later. A daily effort must be executed before we can enjoy the ultimate beauty of our surroundings. This means more clean-up drives and tougher litter laws need to be adopted and enforced. Or do we prefer to ignore the well-known adage, “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”?
Blessed as citizens in one of the most productive and, I believe, the greatest nation of the world, we need to take care of what God gave us to enjoy. As citizens in a community that we should be proud of and thankful for, each of us should discipline ourselves and others to make our home as safe and sanitary as possible for future generations.
With spring approaching, now is the time to face the litter problem. After all, isn’t a spring bicycle ride or a summer outing much more pleasant when the scenery is of green grass and flowers rather than empty bottles and papers scattered along the way? If so, are we as individuals and as a nation willing to meet the challenge of overcoming our litter problem? I sure hope so!