In the past few years, hashtag challenges have become a viral hit all around the world. People have succumbed to dumping ice cold water over themselves, dancing like fools, and even playing tricks on their significant others. When a Reddit user posted a picture along with the caption: "Here is a new #challenge for all you bored teens. Take a photo of an area that needs some cleaning or maintenance then take a photo after you have done something about it, and post it here,” without missing a step, people jumped into action.
A New Challenge
The original poster of the challenge started something that really is making a difference in the world. Instead of eating Tide Pods, or whatever it is that kids are doing these days, they're getting off of their video games and heading outside to pick up the piles of trash that can be found just about anywhere.
2.12 Billion Tons
The world produces 2.12 BILLION tons of trash every year, which is absolutely unacceptable. When these kids from Vietnam received the #Trashtag challenge, they jumped at the chance to make a difference in their area! And just look at all of the trash they picked up! Way to go kids!
Making the decision to clean up trash is a great service to the Earth, but it's also a part of the responsibility of living on Earth. And these people took their responsibility very seriously. "We did our first “official” beach clean-up in Belize that past December. Before this I’d say we were classified as “beach(trash)combers," picking up the odd straw and plastic bottle we saw on our walks. However, for Belize, we traveled there with the intention of dedicating time to picking up any trash we came across on our hikes and beach walks. We even created a social media “clean-up crew” by partnering with other travelers to do a clean-up with us at the same time."
Too Much Stuff
One of the major reasons why there is so much trash being produced is because people buy too much STUFF. Humans have a tendency of liking something for a month or two, and then when they get bored of it, they just toss it to the side and forget about it. More often than not, those things just end up in a landfill.
Did you know that 80% of water pollution comes from land-based resources AKA irresponsible humans? "We have to clean up the existing mess, but bottle deposit laws and styrofoam bans would prevent most of it. Contact your local, state, and federal representatives and insist on this," Robbie McNeil. He's right, you know?