When I was in high school, we were required to join the Boy Scouts for the first 3 years, then move to CAT for our 4th year. The Boy Scouts and CAT would often have some type of required field trip. Usually tree planting, cleaning up a stretch of beach or helping the poor. I even remember when we went to a turtle preservation center, which was cool.
I saw a picture today on Reddit about the Philippines. Usually, when I see something about the Philippines there, it would be in /r/Philippines, but this picture was actually in /r/Rage, a subreddit dedicated to rage-worthy articles/videos/stories. The picture was about how an international group of scouts came here to clean up a beach. According to the submitter, they picked up 10,000 kilos of plastic and trash. Just mere months later, the beach that they cleaned up was already littered with garbage. Sure, some of it could be washed up by the water, but I don’t think all of it is. The locals had people from another country come in and clean their beach, and the way to repay them is to litter some more.
In the picture, we don’t see any garbage cans, which was pointed out by some Redditor. The thing is though, it’s not that hard to just bring a plastic bag or something for trash then throw that away at a trash can somewhere else. There are a ton of ways to get plastic bags, and I’m sure most people have a bunch in their house. Maybe the local government should invest in some trash cans for the beach, doesn’t have to be anything fancy. In addition to this though, the people have to be taught to throw away trash properly, otherwise, this behavior won’t change.
My school used to have fairly strict rules when it came to garbage, not sure if they still have them. I believe it was during my 3rd year of high school, they introduced segregated garbage, so we had 3 or 4 different garbage cans for different things. I remember during the first year of it, we had to monitor the garbage cans during recess and lunch. There were 2 classes to 1 set of trash cans and each class assigns a monitor for each break period. I don’t remember if it was effective or not, but at the very least, they did something. Maybe the beach should have something similar, people who monitor the beach for anyone who litters. I know that the Philippines has a problem with garbage, it’s everywhere. Our school used to say that any garbage just thrown anywhere is like a magnet, it attracts more. The thing that makes this really bad and embarrassing is the people who cleaned up the beach came from another country to help. They picked up a lot of garbage, apparently 10,000 kilos worth, but in the end, it didn’t even matter.
I’m not saying that I’ve never littered, because I have, and I’m sure most people have at some point.