So much rubbish...
Having read Bleckcra's latest comment, I could not help myself from also having a word on the subject. On my last visit to Donegal, a month ago, I had the opportunity of climbing the small hill of Croaghmore -whose addition in the list was a pretty good idea, by the way, if you consider the nice views it offers, mainly N to the Rosguill Peninsula. The pleasure was a bit spoiled though, by all the litter I found on the way and around the hill, and then also along the minor Milford to Glen road which passes by. A few pair of old trainers, glass bottles, plastic and aluminium packages of all kinds, metal, etc... But the most surprising thing I found along the track that leads to the foot of the hill was a plastic bottle of Lucozade. Who drinks Lucozade ? Mainly runners or walkers. Well, maybe not. But if it is the case, what kind of runner or walker would do that ? And I can admit a plastic bag could be blown away by the wind, but not a plastic bottle. Well, I mean not far enough so that you cannot run after it on a level track and carry it home !! So, I carried what I could in my pockets and in my hands, and it reminded me of a walk I had about at least 12 years ago in the Pyrenees here in France. I had decided to walk up to the Lac d'OŰ, quite a popular walking spot in the area indeed, with a 350m (45min) ascent on a track which leads you to a beautiful lake, from which you can reach the higher mountains which stand along the Spanish border. I was so stunned by the quantity of litter I saw on the way up, that no sooner I had started the descent back from the lake than I grabbed two plastic bags from my small rucksack and started collecting all the rubbish I could find on the way. No need to say the two bags were soon full, and I also had to carry a plastic bottle or two which would not fit in the bags, the whole lot to be finally thrown away in a convenient place. I have not been back there since, but I would be curious to see if people are more aware nowadays... but I have no great illusion about that. There are some campaigns at school to raise awareness among children. There are some signs here and there telling people to bring their litter home. But I have not seen a single government campaign on the French TV which could help raise awareness among adults. I have too often seen people opening a pack of cigarettes while driving and throwing the plastic bit out through the window. It makes me sick. We adults more than children, all have a heavy responsibility about what is poisoning our rivers and seas worldwide. And I think this is our duty to put any people we may see littering our ground -native or not- before their responsibilities, just by telling them they must bring their litter home, even though it may become an instant source of verbal conflict...