Trash belongs to the bin and not in the forest

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Forest in Eurajoki, Finland 2016

Imagine, you take a walk in the forest. You hear the birds and the wind. The fresh scent reaches your nostrils. You enjoy the silence and feel relaxed. You’re just minding your own business. You think everything looks so clean. But then while walking down the path, you see someone has thrown something on the ground. It’s probably candy paper or even worse, a plastic bag full of trash. You keep walking and then find another one. Maybe some hiker has left it behind. You’re appalled at the behaviour of some humans. You’re there to enjoy the forest but this untidy person has spoiled your day. Trash belongs to the bin and not in the forest. What kind of moron get to the forest and leaves their trash behind to spoil nature? If you can’t pick up your own garbage, why go to the forest at all? They might just stay at home. There they can throw trash anywhere they want.

People only not leave trash behind in the forest but also in the city. If it’s in a park in some festival or even if the trash bin is close by, they don’t bother throwing it there. The worse thing is the cigarette stubs. There are those in the forest too. It’s so disgusting walking around and then you see that crap on the ground. What is wrong with people these days? Especially in Finland where nature used to be important. There is no respect anymore. I wonder if parents let their kids do whatever they want. When I was a child, we put our trash in our pockets if there weren’t a bin nearby. People have no common sense. The litterbug’s motives are probably to make the world a big garbage bag. Or they expect others to pick up their trash. That’s laziness and uncaring about their surroundings.

Finland is really lucky to still have forests and clean air but that’s something people have no respect for. It should really be banned to throw trash in nature but that’s difficult to control. You don’t even get a fine if you leave trash behind. Also, some dog owners don’t pick their droppings from the ground. Most disgusting thing ever. If you can’t clean after your dog, why have one in the first place? Some people shouldn’t have pets at all. Like people who litter shouldn’t be able to buy anything. The way things are going, nature will be full of garbage and no fresh air anywhere if the attitudes won’t change. Doesn’t humans have any shame? The future children won’t have anything but dirt around them.

Nothing beats fresh air and clean shores. Nature is good for your mental health and keeps your stress away. I love going to the forest where I can be alone. I live in a city where the forest isn’t far and you can cycle there. The best place is in Lapland if you want fresh air. Both winter and summer. Beware of the mosquitos in the summer though. They’re little irritating buggers, I tell you that. Especially the buzz you hear when they’re close to your ear. The fresh air also is good for your skin. The whole atmosphere there is totally different than in polluted city air. A lot of tourists who’s visited the place have noticed the clean air. Well, it’s still clear but for how long, I do not know. The way some are littering in forests and other places, it can be over any day. So please, let’s not litter, OK? We need to leave something for the future children. The forest is our natural resource so let’s not take it for granted.

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