When I was a little girl I was never allowed to drop litter. I was taught to put it in my pocket and bring it home to put it the bin. Consequently I taught my children the same. If I see someone drop litter – even a tiny piece – it makes me livid. I can’t stand the blatant disrespect for our environment.
Throwing litter out of car windows is also a major grouse of mine. In a queue of traffic once, the young man in front wound down his window and threw a crisp packet out. My daughter had to physically restrain me to stop me getting out and giving him a lecture.
How can people just throw things on the ground? Do they not know how long it takes for litter to degrade and finally disappear? Do they not realise the danger it can pose to children and animals? Sadly it is a mere symptom of the couldn’t-care-less and live-for-today-and-sod-tomorrow attitude that abounds in our world.