Everyday I drive up and down the range to work. Somedays it's at a snails pace when there are roadworks, a broken down truck, a caravan on fire, police out with their radars....whatever the cause, the pace is slow. It's on days like that when I really get to notice what's going on on the edges, what visitors to the area see when they first come up the hill to see the 'Garden City'...and it's not pretty.
I am blown away over the amount of rubbish in the gutters and the bushes at the edge of the road. What prompts people to think it's okay to throw garbage out the window of their car? I grew up in the age of emu parades at school - that five minute dash once a month (or more) at the end of the lunch hour where every student had to come back to the teacher with minimum five pieces of rubbish. The age when you put whatever garbage you had with you in the car at your feet until you got home, then you put it in the bin. What has gone wrong since?
I notice new TV ads with little kids pushing the point for adults to stop littering...I can't believe it needs to be made public like this. All I can think is there is a whole generation out there, the one between me and these little kids, who have missed out on this message of 'throw it in the bin'. That's all I can think of.
I'd hate to think it's part of a wider-spread lack of respect coming through.....though I'm not holding my breath on that one.
Makes me sad, it does.