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LITTER: We all can be genuine environmentalists

Letter by Kristin Grose, Fox Island on Sep. 28, 2011 at 1:01 pm with No Comments »
September 28, 2011 2:28 pm

I read with interest a reader columnist’s piece (TNT, 9-19) about litter being everyone’s business. I agree with him that the perpetrators of our litter scourge will never read your op-ed page so have concluded the business of keeping our backyard clean is pretty much up to each one of us.

Envirocorps.org has developed a nicely organized way to do that by plugging in your ZIP code on its website (www.envirocorps.org) to find places to begin. Real environmentalism starts here with a pair of gloves and a garbage bag. The payoff is a renewed sense of pride in the neighborhood, a good workout, and a good example for your kids and neighbors.

And here’s a heads-up to the Washington State Department of Corrections: Despite the agency’s prevailing sentiment of litter pickup being beneath the dignity of inmates, I suggest that in these days of austerity, DOC rethink that and make inmates available to clean up the interstates and state highways that are too dangerous for families to tackle.

This is a chance for every single one of us to roll up our sleeves, get on the solution side of the problem and walk the talk.

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