Posted on July 25th 2017 by Jason Rawles
….CRIKEY! There seems to be a massive volume of litter being thrown around and left in some beautiful places. People who’ve been involved in the world of adventure for longer than me are saying it’s at an unprecedented high.
I live in Llanberis and my house looks at the summit on a clear day. But, Snowdon at times is a cesspit of litter and rubbish some days. How sad.
Photo credit: Tabitha Angle-Smith showing the litter outside Hafod Eryri on Snowdon summit.
I’ve just seen images on Facebook of some beautiful places in the Lake District covered in rubbish. Throwaway BBQ’s, beer cans, single use plastic bottles. Beaches covered in crap. Forests with rubbish everywhere. It is heartbreaking and seems to be in loads, and loads of beautiful areas.
WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE!!!
I’m not saying it’s you, the reader of this blog, but it must be someone. The litter fairies don’t pop out when we are not looking and dump this crap everywhere.
While on this point what’s with the scratching names in to the tables of beautiful cafes and writing on the walls of buildings? Granted in the ice age cavemen and cavewoman used to put their stories on to walls BUT THIS IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT!
Picture credit: Tim Mosedale of litter left by the Chinese Bridge in the Lake District earlier.
What’s causing this?
All of this is about RESPECT plain and simple. People being disrespectful. Not caring. Selfish. Ruiners. Idiots.
There is now a debate rolling through the outdoors community about whether we should stop promoting our wonderful nature environments because minorities of people cannot RESPECT the space and it’s costing a lot of money (real cash and volunteer time) to clean up.
THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.
Why spoil our beautiful and wonderful environment…?
Picture credit: Jason Rawles showing the summit of Snowdon from Llyn Glaslyn. Why spoil this beauty…?
How to fix this?
We have to sort this out and I do not know the answer. Does it start in schools? Do we need to change laws and make some examples of people who do this? Big examples and I don’t mean massive fines I mean community service to collect the/all litter. Big fines are great but may be paid back at £1 a year for 12,000 years. Enforced community service perhaps.
What do you think?
It really is unacceptable and however we slice up the issue within society it is not excusable. THIS MUST STOP AND STOP NOW.
How do we stop this rot in society?
Let’s all #GetOutside but let’s #GetOutside responsibly.
Let me know…
With much sadness,
Chief Adventure Officer