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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Nobody likes to live in an area with trash everywhere and all types of pollution. Unfortunately, many people live in this type of place, but there are ways they can contribute to making the area nicer for everyone around.

First of all, set a good example and don't litter. Besides the fact that you won't be contributing to the trash on the ground, other people may see what you do and follow suit (this is especially true if you are somewhat famous in your community). Get the message out that you want a cleaner neighborhood. However, this does not mean participating in wild protests or engaging in violent actions; these will only hurt your cause. Get permission from local stores, churches, restaurants, etc. to put up signs encouraging people to give the environment more consideration. While this may seem cliche, it can make a difference if your signs are good and get people's attention. If your town is always plagued by litter, organize a town cleanup. This can be done by schools, churches, clubs, or any other groups of people willing to help pick up the litter.If your area has pollution, your best bet may be to cut down on activities that contribute to it. Try carpooling or public transportation, and if you smoke, try to quit. To help prevent water pollution, only flush or pour things down the sink that will not damage the water supply; avoid putting paint, old medications, glue, and other potentially damaging items down the sink or toilet. Learn what the appropriate ways of disposing of these things are.

See if there is anything the city could be doing to help keep the area clean. For example, if you feel there aren't enough trash cans around town or that your town doesn't have a good recycling program, write to the appropriate people to let them know.Depending on the type of people in your town, you may or may not convince others to help you in your effort. If this is the case, don't give up; remember that everything you do counts.


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