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8/22/2015 4:13:41 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
About 66.2% of Americans (212,800,000 out of 321,514,000) are ages 15-64. If every American in this age group picked up a single piece of trash and threw it away, then in:

1 week - 1,489,600,000 pieces of trash would be thrown away

1 month - 5,958,400,000 pieces of trash would be thrown away

1 year - 71,500,800,000 pieces of trash would be thrown away

If we could hypothetically get this many people to get behind this, do you think it would have a large positive impact on the environment in the United States?
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8/22/2015 5:02:01 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 8/22/2015 4:13:41 AM, xXCryptoXx wrote:
About 66.2% of Americans (212,800,000 out of 321,514,000) are ages 15-64. If every American in this age group picked up a single piece of trash and threw it away, then in:

1 week - 1,489,600,000 pieces of trash would be thrown away

1 month - 5,958,400,000 pieces of trash would be thrown away

1 year - 71,500,800,000 pieces of trash would be thrown away

If we could hypothetically get this many people to get behind this, do you think it would have a large positive impact on the environment in the United States?

Litter isn't really the problem. Until you reduce the amount of crap being belched into the air, dumped into the ocean, and buried in the ground, things are going to stay the way they are.
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8/22/2015 5:27:26 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 8/22/2015 5:02:01 AM, Burzmali wrote:
At 8/22/2015 4:13:41 AM, xXCryptoXx wrote:
About 66.2% of Americans (212,800,000 out of 321,514,000) are ages 15-64. If every American in this age group picked up a single piece of trash and threw it away, then in:

1 week - 1,489,600,000 pieces of trash would be thrown away

1 month - 5,958,400,000 pieces of trash would be thrown away

1 year - 71,500,800,000 pieces of trash would be thrown away

If we could hypothetically get this many people to get behind this, do you think it would have a large positive impact on the environment in the United States?

Litter isn't really the problem. Until you reduce the amount of crap being belched into the air, dumped into the ocean, and buried in the ground, things are going to stay the way they are.

That's kind of what I was wondering. Do you know what kind of thread litter does pose? Is it significant?
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8/22/2015 7:39:29 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 8/22/2015 5:02:01 AM, Burzmali wrote:
At 8/22/2015 4:13:41 AM, xXCryptoXx wrote:
About 66.2% of Americans (212,800,000 out of 321,514,000) are ages 15-64. If every American in this age group picked up a single piece of trash and threw it away, then in:

1 week - 1,489,600,000 pieces of trash would be thrown away

1 month - 5,958,400,000 pieces of trash would be thrown away

1 year - 71,500,800,000 pieces of trash would be thrown away

If we could hypothetically get this many people to get behind this, do you think it would have a large positive impact on the environment in the United States?

Litter isn't really the problem. Until you reduce the amount of crap being belched into the air, dumped into the ocean, and buried in the ground, things are going to stay the way they are.

I believe that anything that came out of the ground should go back into the ground. This goes mostly for petroleum products.

And anything that came out of the air should go back into the air -- wood, paper and other plant products.

And anything that came out of the sea should go back into the sea -- fish bones etc.

That covers everything.
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8/23/2015 1:58:59 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 8/22/2015 5:27:26 AM, xXCryptoXx wrote:
At 8/22/2015 5:02:01 AM, Burzmali wrote:
At 8/22/2015 4:13:41 AM, xXCryptoXx wrote:
About 66.2% of Americans (212,800,000 out of 321,514,000) are ages 15-64. If every American in this age group picked up a single piece of trash and threw it away, then in:

1 week - 1,489,600,000 pieces of trash would be thrown away

1 month - 5,958,400,000 pieces of trash would be thrown away

1 year - 71,500,800,000 pieces of trash would be thrown away

If we could hypothetically get this many people to get behind this, do you think it would have a large positive impact on the environment in the United States?

Litter isn't really the problem. Until you reduce the amount of crap being belched into the air, dumped into the ocean, and buried in the ground, things are going to stay the way they are.

That's kind of what I was wondering. Do you know what kind of thread litter does pose? Is it significant?

Litter is primarily an aesthetic issue and a threat to wildlife. It makes an area look neglected and animals don't particularly care for being strangled to death by plastic soda rings. As far as the overall environment is concerned, there isn't much difference between 1000 pieces of paper spread across a few city streets and 1000 pieces of trash buried in a landfill.
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8/26/2015 10:01:56 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 8/22/2015 5:27:26 AM, xXCryptoXx wrote:
At 8/22/2015 5:02:01 AM, Burzmali wrote:
At 8/22/2015 4:13:41 AM, xXCryptoXx wrote:
About 66.2% of Americans (212,800,000 out of 321,514,000) are ages 15-64. If every American in this age group picked up a single piece of trash and threw it away, then in:

1 week - 1,489,600,000 pieces of trash would be thrown away

1 month - 5,958,400,000 pieces of trash would be thrown away

1 year - 71,500,800,000 pieces of trash would be thrown away

If we could hypothetically get this many people to get behind this, do you think it would have a large positive impact on the environment in the United States?

Litter isn't really the problem. Until you reduce the amount of crap being belched into the air, dumped into the ocean, and buried in the ground, things are going to stay the way they are.

That's kind of what I was wondering. Do you know what kind of thread litter does pose? Is it significant?

For starters, litter is probably the main cause rats are abundant on big cities, and rats once halved european population through plague, so... :)
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8/26/2015 11:31:49 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
I like your idea. I wonder how many of those throw litter down or out of car windows.
The idea would help to change their perspective on the world which is what is needed to enhance public thinking.
TBR
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8/26/2015 4:37:21 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 8/22/2015 4:13:41 AM, xXCryptoXx wrote:
About 66.2% of Americans (212,800,000 out of 321,514,000) are ages 15-64. If every American in this age group picked up a single piece of trash and threw it away, then in:

1 week - 1,489,600,000 pieces of trash would be thrown away

1 month - 5,958,400,000 pieces of trash would be thrown away

1 year - 71,500,800,000 pieces of trash would be thrown away

If we could hypothetically get this many people to get behind this, do you think it would have a large positive impact on the environment in the United States?

We should, yes. Will it really fix anything, no. I pick-up trash from time to time. As long as its not food waste, Ill make an effort. All this is doing is improving my local environment.
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8/29/2015 2:16:17 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 8/22/2015 4:13:41 AM, xXCryptoXx wrote:
About 66.2% of Americans (212,800,000 out of 321,514,000) are ages 15-64. If every American in this age group picked up a single piece of trash and threw it away, then in:

1 week - 1,489,600,000 pieces of trash would be thrown away

1 month - 5,958,400,000 pieces of trash would be thrown away

1 year - 71,500,800,000 pieces of trash would be thrown away

If we could hypothetically get this many people to get behind this, do you think it would have a large positive impact on the environment in the United States?

We do have a litter problem, but the problem lies mostly in the landfills and incinerators.

We need to be working towards a cyclic economy. What we need to do is to reduce, reuse and recycle enough to minimise the amount of trash that we need to throw away in the first place, aiming eventually at a 0. There are cities (San Francisco, Kaohsiung) who are already working towards this goal.
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8/29/2015 3:27:51 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
We need to be working towards a cyclic economy. What we need to do is to reduce, reuse and recycle enough to minimise the amount of trash that we need to throw away in the first place, aiming eventually at a 0. There are cities (San Francisco, Kaohsiung) who are already working towards this goal.

We have worked almost entirely on the recycle part. Reduce has gone the opposite direction, reuse... Well, some good most bad.