I’ve noticed this week that at the end of Tim Hortons drive thru there is a green sign that says "Please be a good neighbour, don’t litter.” This is an interesting message of citizenship and how to be a good neighbor, but I think a sign about littering only can do so much about the problem. I did not notice these signs at the end of every Tim Hortons drive thru until this week, because of this pledge. I find myself questioning why I have to pick up others’ litter as a sort of punishment, even though I am being a good neighbor by doing so. This change of topic that I have created is a Western way of thinking about issues that “don’t pertain to me” because “it’s not my fault”.
I found this video online as I was looking for an article for my seminar leading in November, http://reverselitter.com. I think the intent behind it is good, and the slogan is catchy. It is also a Western way of thinking to attach a catchy slogan to encourage people to take part in the mission at hand. It's interesting that society needs this type of motivation to protect the land because why wouldn't we want to protect the land we live on and use?
As winter approaches, there are less people outside and the land naturally doesn’t look as nice because of the cold weather that cause plants to die, and I find that there is an attitude at this time of year which includes caring less what the land around us looks like. I’ll be keeping an eye out for how much litter there is, especially in the spring when the snow melts.