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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Coleman Park, Hesperia, California, USA

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Coleman Park, Hesperia, California, USA
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Registered: February 2012
City/Town/Province: Hesperia
Posts: 1
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For my project, I decided to walk around my local baseball park to pick up any used bottles and cans, or whatever couldíve been recycled. I only walked around the Coleman baseball park for one day, but found a variety of plastic bottles and soda cans. I even found a few glass beer bottles, which is pretty sad considering how many people would actually drink alcohol beverages at a little league baseball park. But someone has to clean up our societies mess, and I even had the company of my dog Shadow, which helped to make sure I was safe. I carried a big, black plastic bag with me to hold whatever items I found, and I actually had to come back to my house for a second bag because the first one got filled pretty quickly. As I walked around, I noticed that a lot of the bottles and cans that were left on the floor were actually half filled or had some liquid inside still. To me, this means that our society puts so much to waste, and doesnít even care what kind of impact this has upon our environment. This also upsets me because I live in a desert area, where this much wind and bushes that actually collect these bottles, so people wont even bother putting a little elbow grease into grabbing these bottles or cans. These kinds of tendencies just reflect how we donít care about our environment until itís too late. It shows that we are lazy and ignorant. Not only are we harming ourselves, but we are harming the many other inhabitants of the environment as well. And my local environment is actually pretty clean compared to other areas, which kind of scares me a little. As a society, and the world in general, we must come to the realization that if this kind of ignorance keeps up, we will bring ourselves to a problem thatís too late to be solved. Even if my project wasnít that much of a big deal, I at least made some kind of effort to better my community, and this baseball park of which Iíve kept close to my heart since I was little. After I had collected these recyclables and brought them back to my house, I separated the plastics from the tins, and took them over to the nearest recycling facility, which was only a few minutes away from my house. I was even able to trade the bottles and cans for a few dollars. I donít think people realize that you can actually receive money for recycling. And since weíre facing hard economic times, it just makes sense that everyone should participate in recycling. And itís for sure a well known fact that America goes through many soda and beer cans. Everyone could, and should recycle. Itís common sense, and probably the easiest thing someone can ever do on their own. We need to make changes before our next generation is faced with problems that canít be fixed.
Date: February 27, 2012 ∑ Views: 3562 ∑ File size: 26.4kb, 243.2kb: 400 x 400 ∑
Hours Volunteered: 10
Volunteers: 1
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 17
Area Restored for Native Wildlife (hectares): 4
Trash Removed/Recycled from Environment (kg): 2.5
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