Pitch in Week ? May 11 ? 15

FACTS

180 million tons of trash is generated every year.

?Common litter includes cigarette butts, plastic bags, paper, candy wrappers, fast-food packaging, bottle caps, 6-pack can holders, glass bottles, and plastic straws.

?Men and women are equally likely to litter; people under age of 25 are most likely litter when in a group; and people over the age of 25 are most likely to litter when alone.

?In one single day nearly 7 million pounds of litter were removed from beaches, lakes and streams.

?Animals from nearly 300 species die from ingesting or getting entangled in marine debris annually.

?People litter because they

?Don?t think of the item as litter

?View litter removal as someone else?s responsibility

?Lack knowledge about the environmental effects of their littering

TAKE ACTION TODAY

?Spend one hour next week picking up litter. Or decide that every time you see a piece of litter, you?ll pick it up and throw it away.

?If you see someone litter, politely ask them to pick it up. Or pick it up yourself and maybe the person who dropped it will see you and get the hint.

?Organize a team of neighbors, friends, co-workers, or fellow church members to pick up litter in a specific neighborhood for an hour. Pick you rubber gloves and garbage bags at the Community Centre and make it more fun by turning the cleanup effort into a game/contest.

?Enjoy making a difference, getting exercise, getting to know people better, and having cleaner surroundings.

YOU MATTER

If every person picked up just one piece of litter, there would be over 300 million fewer pieces of litter. If every person picked up 10 pieces of litter, there would be 3 billion fewer pieces damaging our environment. If you and your friends spend just one hour next week picking up litter in your neighborhood, you will not only pick up thousands of pieces of trash, you will also make a tremendous impact on your community.

JUST BE SURE TO BEND YOUR KNEES!!