I run almost every day, and on most of those runs I tend to pass up trash quite often. I ignore it and forget about it. Other times though I find myself being frustrated or annoyed with those who litter. Maybe it fell out of someone's pocket, or maybe they did it on purpose. Recently I have been considering turning that frustration into action. What if I decide to let go of judgement of my neighbors/runners/ or whoever I imagined littered and pick up that trash and put it in the garbage? Imagine that. It's really a quick and easy decision.
I've been doing this off and on the past month. I am not saying I pick up every piece of trash I see when I run, because I am surprised how much trash I see when I am aware. I would end up stopping just about every 30-60 seconds if that was the case. My personal goal, however has been to pick up a piece on each run. It seems small, but it adds up.
Then I thought about how our Trail Roots community could make a bigger impact. What if I encouraged our Austin runners to do the same? How much trash could we together pick up? We have about 100 members in the Austin area. What if they could encourage their friends and family to do the same? How might that impact someone random as well? Now that's a bit more trash off the street or off our trails! How many people will watch you pick up trash and follow along? Here are a few facts about litter on Don't Mess with Texas.