There’s a reason why pictures of discarded bottles, cans, wrappers, and other miscellaneous leave-behinds are often the “star” of my Instagram feed. They represent stories of stewardship and care behind every piece of litter I’ve picked up.
People are always happy to cheer for those who are willing to get a little gritty. I’ve been thanked more times than I can count for picking up litter. At first, I savored the acknowledgement, but then my appreciation turned to friendly discernment. Why weren’t they helping me? I don’t want thanks anymore—I want you to join me.
Last Saturday was National Trails Day, a day organized by the American Hiking Society to celebrate the trails we love and to promote outdoor stewardship. I kicked things off early by hosting a trails contest – I challenged friends and social media pals to pick up at least two pieces of litter, take a picture, and then tag it with makepactpackitout on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
Ten litter crusaders responded to the challenge and combined shared 25 pictures documenting their conquests. I chose one photo at random and donated $15 to American Hiking Society in the litter picker-uppers name. A photo posted by the Instagram account, Clean Sweep, was the lucky winner. The man behind the account regularly “sweeps” trails along the Pacific Crest Trail in California. [Continue Reading]