Thursday, February 08, 2007


One of the thoughts proposed in chapter 2 of Garbage Land by Elizabeth Royte is that trash is dumped upon trash. A few weeks ago (before it got really cold) I went to the new Beuter Park in Mishawaka, IN and saw that it was beautiful, with no litter anywhere in sight. I think the reason for this is when people are given something beautiful to enjoy, they don't want to make it ugly by littering. The same concept is difficult to apply to large cities such as New York because there are so many people, and cleaning up is so difficult. It is unfortunate that not everyone can have a park like the one in Mishawaka. It is obviously a shame that people have to live in places that are deemed "trashy" and therefore seem like a convenient place to dump trash upon.


Michelle Verges, Project Director said...

Hey Jeff,

I'm glad you got to enjoy nature before the frigid temps set it. I'm also glad to know that your experience was trash-free!! :0)

Your post was a pleasant reminder that we don't have to go far to appreciate nature (unlike the urban jungle in NYC).


Anonymous said...

Your comment about New York was interesting because I've noticed that some cities are much cleaner than others. I lived out in Seattle for a couple of years and it is very clean (say compared to Chicago). People are much more conscientious of the environment out there and it's almost sacrilegious to not be into gardening. I actually saw one man cutting his grass with scissors! But it also goes to reinforce the idea that when enough people care about taking care of their environment, it can happen and it feels so much better to live in that world but it's up to each one of us to do our part!