The environment doesn’t belong to you, treat it respectfully. Refrain from polluting it and leave it as you’d like to find it.

Have you ever noticed how much trash lies on the ground? It doesn’t make any difference if you are walking down a city road or if you find yourself in the countryside or in a forest: garbage reigns everywhere. It really looks like people do not have respect for the environment nor for other people.

Can you figure out what the real problem is? People who behave like that do not respect themselves! Because, if one throws anything in the environment thinking they are only damaging the others or, even worse, without even realizing what damage he or she is causing, well such a person is definitely one who lacks intelligence, good manners and dignity.

What do you think? That if you throw your cigarette butt on the ground, if you throw a plastic bottle in a garden, if you do not collect your dog’s poo, they won’t still be there tomorrow? Or maybe you are thinking that this is not your problem? That it is somebody else’s problem? Let us explain you something. What if tomorrow you go out there, forget what you have done today and put your foot on your dog poop? And what if somebody throws a still burning cigarette butt down their balcony exactly while you are walking underneath? Do you think it won’t hit you?

This actually happened to us: we were out with our dogs, who are old and have sight problems, and somebody who was smoking on his or her balcony threw his or her cigarette butt downstairs. We did not notice this at first, but then saw smoke coming from one of our dogs’ paws!

Some days ago a man was walking in front of us drinking a beer. Once the bottle was over, he simply decided to throw the bottle on the ground, even if he had noticed us. As soon as the bottle touched the ground, we asked him politely but firmly to pick it up and throw it in a proper bin that was just a few meters away from him.

Be the change you want to see in the world” Gandhi taught us.

That’s exactly the way it is. If we want other people to behave properly, each one of us has to act. We all must be a positive example for the others. Other people may be less conscious about the environment because of different cultural or familiar background. It is our duty, then, to help them, politely but firmly, become aware of the environment emergency.


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