Littering This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

      Lookingaround my community, I see many people who demand respect, yet do nothing to earnit. They feel superior and entitled to some sort of homage. This attitude caneven go a step further. It seems to me that this conscious thought pattern is acontributing factor to the problem of littering.

Littering comes down todisrespect. This frame of mind leads individuals not to make a trip to a nearbytrash receptacle and instead settle for tossing their garbage aside ... any placeis fine. As a result of their laziness and disrespect, these individuals' actionslead to plants and animals dying prematurely. Plants react differently to thedecomposition of garbage. Usually, the surrounding soil becomes inadequate tocontinue nurturing their development.

Plastic fragments and glass bottleshards harm animals. Some simply stumble on broken glass or plastic, or are cutby aluminum cans. Their wounds often become infected and result indisability.

When I think of littering, I think of its effects. I try andrespect nature and its creatures. Humans need to learn to stop worrying aboutdominating and instead live in harmony. When I look around and witness people'simmaturity, it is clear why so many creatures are victims of people's disregard.It should be a common courtesy to throw away your own garbage. Would you like toclean up after someone else, or feel the effects of their filth? Of coursenot!

What littering boils down to is the fact that people need to learn torespect one another and their surroundings. No one wants to live in filth andsuffer its affects. We need to learn to live clean lives that contribute to ourenvironment, and ourselves.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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Lily">This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
yesterday at 5:17 am
i love this so much!
<3Kenna<3 said...
Apr. 30, 2009 at 4:45 am
Hey Joe,
I think you put forth a really great argument. It's true that people have gotten lazy and it does show their disrespect, not only for themselves, but for everything else as well. Humans, as a race, need to gather up the courage to change our destructive nature and truly become one with what we were meant to be with, right? We can't just expect everything to go all fine and dandy when we're so lazy we can't even throw our own trash away. I mean, really. You really opene... (more »)
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