I’ve always wanted to write a headline like that. It’s beautiful. But I’ve never had anything worth writing such beautiful words. Now I do. The Trash Tag Challenge is Sweeping Beaches. My faith in Humanity is Officially Restored.
Trash Tag Challenge is Sweeping Beaches. Faith in Humanity Restored.
I’ve never been a big one for the whole littering thing. I’m always careful to keep my trash in my car and if a receipt or something blows out, I go chase it down.
But, as I’ve kind of matured a little (and came out of the dark age that was the early 2000’s), I started to really see that just taking care of my own trash was NOT enough.
The reason? We, as human beings, are filthy, nasty beasts.
I don’t think anyone does it on purpose.
But, maybe they’re not conscientious, maybe they’re not careful.
Or maybe they just don’t care.
But there’s a new wave of people that are about to inherit the planet that DO care.
And they’re doing something.
AND. IT’S AMAZING.
See, there was this series of stupid, dumb challenges that were happening and young people were getting involved. Stupid, dumb things.
But then there was the #TrashTagChallenge.
And that–that RIGHT THERE was the challenge that brought my faith back to humanity.
I don’t know how it started–it’s been on a low-simmer for years.
But some teen, yeah, just a KID (although he’s almost an adult, I bet), went and took a photo that’s been all over, bringing new attention to this challenge.
And now, people everywhere, literally all over the world, are going out into their communities, along their trails, waterways, and just streets; to pick up the garbage that has collected because, well, we’re filthy beasts, us humans.
And it’s gone VIRAL.
Communities are coming together to host giveaways online to encourage people to pick up the outdoors and get that garbage outta there.
People–just like you and me–are stepping outside for their Saturdays and spending time just picking-up.
And it’s so beautiful, just the straight-up-honest-right-thing-to-do that I might cry.
Because our world is, for now, the only one we have.
So we should probably keep it up a little better.
And THAT’S a challenge I can get behind.