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

Just Posted

Nominations open for UFV Betty Urquhart Community Service award

Award recognizes those who make community a better place to live

Parent concerned over privacy breach is a candidate for Chilliwack school board

Brian Mielke said sharing of student names with U.S. research firm shows trustees disregarding law

Chilliwack athletes run in the rain at first cross-country race

Dozens of elementary/middle/high schoolers tackled a mucky course next to Twin Rinks last Thursday.

Fraser River First Nations say they aren’t getting their share of sockeye

Shortage is a result of decisions made by DFO, not a shortage of sockeye, complaint says

Chilliwack Chiefs benefit from BCHL Showcase exposure

Carter Wilkie’s first BCHL goal Saturday against Wenatchee earned him talks with several NCAA scouts.

Video: Flyers new mascot ‘Gritty’ a bearded, googly-eyed terror

The Philadelphia Flyers unveiled their new mascot Monday, and as one would expect of the team that gave us the “Broad Street Bullies,” he’s far from cuddly.

Edmonton cannabis company revenues more than triples to $19.1 million

Aurora Cannabis revenues more than triple in fourth quarter

B.C. pharmacist suspended for giving drugs with human placenta

RCMP had samples of the seized substances tested by Health Canada

Seattle one step closer to NHL after arena plan approved

Seattle City Council unanimously approved plans for a privately funded $700 million renovation of KeyArena

Harvest Moon to light up B.C. skies with an ‘autumn hue’

It’s the first moon after the autumn equinox

Hockey league gets $1.4M for assistance program after Humboldt Broncos crash

Program will help players, families, coaches and volunteers after the shock of the deadly crash

Canada has removed six out of 900 asylum seekers already facing U.S. deportation

Ottawa had said the ‘overwhelming majority’ had been removed

Appeal pipeline decision but consult Indigenous communities, Scheer says

The federal appeals court halted the Trans Mountain expansion last month

Most Read