First, let me say, I have nothing against Environment Iowa, except that maybe their volunteer training is a bit lacking.
Here’s why I say that. Last night, two teenagers (late teens, boys) from Environment Iowa knocked on our door. I didn’t answer, I was working in the basement, but my husband did and I listened in on the monitor. (It’s part of my sophisticated Front Door Monitoring system – the baby monitor we bought when my dad was ill and never actually used with a baby!) The boys were earnest if unpolished in their presentation and request for a donation or signature on a petition for the Legislature (hint: they’ve recessed). They were very polite and actually responded happily when my husband said that he didn’t disagree with what they were saying, but that we have a policy against giving money or signing anything presented by strangers canvassing the neighborhood. (Normally, people get very snotty at that point, and these kids were super polite.) So, fine.
About 10 minutes later, we were walking to our polling place to vote and passed the boys. One of them was smoking. (smoking is really bad for your health and the health of those around you, as well as terrible for the environment.) And then, as we watched, he tossed his still smoking cigarette butt onto the ground and walked away. Littering!!
It’s well and good to try to save the environment on a grand scale – clean up the water, clean up the air, make the Legislature do something – but saving the environment starts with the little decisions we all make every day. I hope that message is one that this website makes clear.