"It could be better," I responded, spying cans and paper litter, even from that far away.
I realize it's a matter of perspective. The colonel was visiting from Washington, D.C. Litter on big city streets makes Iowa look positively pristine by comparison. But even if we could smugly say we're not as bad as they are, that's hardly a badge of distinction.
Today is Earth Day. Started in 1970 as a protest, since then the day has served as a celebration of the birth of the modern environmental movement and a day of action.
Every spring I find myself ranting about all the litter in the roadside ditches. Because of the mild, mostly snow-free, winter just past, I was able to keep the ditches along my walking trail reasonably clean throughout the winter. Pretty much every day I took a walk this winter, I came back with 2-3 bottles or cans. The capacity people have to litter is endless.
Our earth is beautiful. Earth Day reminds us all to take responsibility for keeping it that way.
Happy Earth Day!