Awhile back I posted about the extraordinary amounts of rubbish and indifference that was swamping my University in a sea of plastic, paper and unidentifiable trash.
I called the post “La Trash University.”
It has been four weeks since that post and four more clean ups have come and gone.
I have created a Facebook group named “Clean Up Latrobe“, in the hope of attracting concerned students to take up the cause.
It is after all a matter of honor and pride to be able to say we have the cleanest, shiniest school of learning in the entire world. It is also a goal that would not be hard to achieve if people wanted it to happen.
In that time we have picked up a considerably large amount of trash, a total of 34 (trash can size) bags of garbage, plus other items, such as an ironing board, car pieces, toys, kitchen utensils and unopened alcoholic drinks.
I have struggled to promote the idea (it’s hard to do anything when students are away on holidays), but I am certain that will change once second semester starts. I hope to advertise the venture at “Bring A Cup Cafe.”
To be honest, when I first started this project I thought I would need a legion of people to clean up all the trash I saw around the place. I thought that the problem was overwhelming, too big, too much , too hard.
Even though I had managed to convince only one student volunteer to help for the four weeks (except when a passenger in a car stopped and helped, which was amazing), we have achieved so much.
The amount of rubbish a person can pick up in one hour, once a week does make a huge difference to the landscape.
The pathway from the tram stop to the campus is beautiful once more, only needing a few minutes maintenance each week for the pieces of blown litter.
We are moving into other areas around the campus and achieving remarkable results.
One hour for one day a week, take a bag, garden gloves and your pet dog and go for a walk; and pick up every piece of trash on your way. One hour a week and you will see your community transform.
The difference is miraculous.
Loxley Smithett, earthknight.org