THE 22ND OF THE MONTH IS EARTH DAY, BUT THE OFFICIAL DESIGNATION OF A 24 HOUR PERIOD DOESN’T mean that we need restrict our environmental love to that one day. Why not make April 1 the first of a 3-week period long when, after your walk or run, you pick-up a few pieces of trash. Every day until Earth Day.
To show respect for the environment and to acknowledge potential benefits that might be gained from routinely experiencing the beauty of nature during outdoor exercise
The 'gear' consist simply of a small bag and protective gloves that can be stowed in a pocket. Pull these items out when ready for a cool down session at the end of a run or walk, and snag a few pieces of litter each time you are exercising.
I’ve learned that the area closest to my finish point quickly gets cleared of junk. To avoid experiencing a lack of ‘work’ I've varied my run/walk course on trash pick-up days to cover different sections of my immediate neighborhood. Weekends offer the best opportunities because there's often less of a time crunch and the area of pick-up can extend beyond the usual finish zone.
Plan to snap a photo to document each effort. In the last couple years, my daily trash hauls did not appear as impressive as I had hoped they would be. By collecting the bags and building a small pile over a couple weeks, the picture at the end of the effort was closer to the image I had in mind when my personal environmental cleanup initiative started.
I run/walk in the area of a county and a state park, so perhaps my workload is different from what might be had in urban areas that are highly utilized by many more people each day. It’s possible a large bag could be quickly filled in some venues.
The point is that even a single small effort shows love to the earth.
A bigger effort might be made by gathering friends and family to join up. But collecting even a small bag on a solo workout impacts the environment. If we each took care of our own running/walking neighborhood, the cumulative effort could be huge!
RUN & MOVE HAPPY!
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