I have not picked up litter this week and I think it is because I have not been outside a lot; between classes, working, doing homework, as well as a chilly change of season. This could lead me into a whole other pledge about going outside more!
Despite not being outside to pick up litter, I've had a chance to think about how people don't litter inside, which seems silly but let's think about it! Perhaps because it isn't socially acceptable, in respect for the cleaning staff and janitors of the building. However, why wouldn't more people also refuse to litter outside in respect for the Earth, animals and the unattractive look of garbage on the streets? Perhaps there is more of an attachment to a specific person (janitor) whom would pick up after a litterer and to please that person, unlike if a person litters outside the garbage may sit there or blow around in the wind for months. Also, most of us spend a lot more time inside than outside so our value is on our indoor living spaces (part of the reason why I haven't been outside often this week). Imagine a society where the outdoors is as valued as much, or even more than indoor spaces. I think this change of perspective and values would help society to consider themselves as part of nature as oppose to separate from it.
I'm curious, is most of the litter on the streets there because of blowing out from garbage cans, in which case this is no one's "fault", or is it purposely left there?