Time for a culture change, writer says

Discarded cigarette butts just part of the culture of littering

This letter is not against smokers, but it is about folks who believe it is their God given right to continue littering! Sadly the people that are the worst offenders will probably not read this.

In this day and age we are constantly hearing about damage to our environment, via fossil fuels etc. and even protesting about them. But what about ,each and every one of us, doing our individual part to protect our planet?

For a few months now I have been doing a daily walk on Chilliwack Mountain, about two to three kilometres along Grandview Drive. I am dismayed at the amount of garbage that is continually showing up on the edge of the road.

Everything, from coffee cups, fast food wrappers, beer cans, pop cans and worst of all, in my estimation, cigarette butts and packaging.

What gives people the right to just toss it out the window? (This is not done by walkers, very few people walk here) Why should we continue to toss garbage anywhere, other than proper receptacles? Just look at the average street in Vancouver or even Chilliwack. The Vancouver Fireworks celebration has a whole day of cleanup from folks to lazy to carry their litter out!

The attached photo was taken of material I picked up on one side of the road in about a kilometer this past week! (Note that there had not been rain for the past month)

The good news is my back got lots of exercise picking these up! The bad news is it’s just a matter of time before our beautiful, pristine Chilliwack Mountain is going to go up in flames!

As a footnote, I walked again today, and could have picked up another handful of butts (new ones) in the same location.

Let’s all do our part, and thanks for reading.

D. Gauthier

Chilliwack

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