April 23, 2011

First Post

My wife and I recently welcomed our first child, Eva Caroline, into the world.  I was fortunate to have some time at home to help with adjusting to life with a child and have been taking Eva on many walks around our neighborhood (Sherman Heights) in San Diego.

On today's walk I came across a plastic bag and picked it up.  During the duration of the walk I picked up the assorted pieces of litter I came across along the way and put them in the plastic bag to dispose of when I returned home.  I didn't pick up nearly every piece of litter, but tried to grab as many as I could on the two mile walk we took.  As you can imagine, there was quite a bit of trash on the street - many pieces of which I had likely walked by many times previously.

As I walked I realized that I was really enjoying 'making a difference' by picking up these pieces of trash that would most likely have ended up in the ocean.  I like to feel productive and although spending time with my daughter is productive enough for me I also liked the thought that I was helping in a small way to make her environment a little healthier.

Returning home from our walk I decided to start a blog to document our walks together and the other ways our family is working to make our neighborhood (and the world) a little greener each day.  Here's a photo of today's haul and a spreadsheet to track the type of litter that we collected.

Apt Bag Graphic

First Haul

Trash Count

If you have any thoughts or comments on this post or topics you would like to see in future posts please let me know!

- John

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