Cigarette Butts

Why do people throw cigarette butts onto the floor?

I was working with my Dad the other week and as we sat in the van at the side of the road, we watched a car approach and the driver throw a cigarette butt out of the window. It rolled, still smoking, onto pavement near some grass. It was a hot summer’s day, but thankfully the cigarette went out.

It’s this sort of ignorance and lack of respect that causes devastating forest fires in some places.

I used to be terrible for littering. I used to drive home from college after the usual Maccies trip and to my dismay, one of my friends would throw the rubbish out of the car window.

Why did I let this happen? Why didn’t I do more to stop it and not allow my mates to litter just “for a laugh”?

It’s easy to just take rubbish home and put it in a bin.

It’s about respect. You wouldn’t throw rubbish or cigarette butts down in your own home.

But we do it outside because we don’t treat the environment like our common home. Instead, it’s the world’ biggest rubbish bin.

We all have a responsibility to care for and be stewards of the world – Our Common Home. Because if we do not, we will be remembered as the generation that consumed too much, that destroyed the environment because of our greed and lack of respect.

In what ways do you care for our collective environment?