Josh Chapman, Dunholme local, has decided to take it upon himself to litter pick in the surrounding villages and has asked if people would like to join his gang of ‘superhero litterpickers’.
Recently Josh and his friend made their way back from The Bottle and Glass in Scothern and noticed just how much rubbish there was. They swiftly returned, bin bags and litterpicker in tow and started clearing the area of discarded litter. “It just a random act of ‘shall we?’” admits Josh, “Me and my friend like to act on impulse, and we saw a problem and thought ‘yep, we’ll sort that.’” After completing his task, Joshua took to the local Facebook group to invite members to join him on future ventures. “We created a catchphrase, because that’s how we roll… if you see it, retrieve it!”
According to The Wildlife Trusts, every year an estimated 8 million tonnes of litter enters the world’s oceans. Plastic poses the biggest threat to marine wildlife as it doesn’t disappear, it simply breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces and can be found in the bodies of deceased marine life up and down the food chain.
It isn’t just our marine life at risk from litter – animals that live with us in our local areas like hedgehogs and birds frequently suffer injuries as a result of getting caught up in our litter.
Any litter removed from our public spaces not only helps wildlife but also creates a better space for humans too, so counteract litterbugs by being a litter picker. You don’t have to be on an organised litter pick to help, just pick up any rogue litter when you see it and pop it in the bin – simple!
In the last few years, we have seen a significant improvement in our education regarding litter and its effect on the environment. As a result, there has been a rise in the number of people giving up their own spare time to grab a bag and a litter picker, be it with an organised group or of their own accord.
When asked many would be appalled at the thought of dropping litter but are more than happy to walk straight by without picking it up when we see it on the ground. The only way to truly improve the global litter situation is by being collectively proactive.
Many of us move to the outskirts of Lincoln and surrounding areas for village life – the peace and quiet of being close enough to the action, but far enough away to feel like you are in your own tranquil bubble. We must remember, however, that we share this rural village life with the wildlife that has occupied the areas for centuries and must make sure we do everything we can to protect them and take care of their home.