We have beautiful lands here in the mountains. Our soil is fertile. Our springs are clear. Our mountains are misty. Tourists flock to these lands because the stunning panoramic views are legendary. But we have a problem (one of many, to be sure).
I don’t know if anyone else has noticed, but we trudge through a sea of litter. Of course, certain things will always be with us. Trash is one of them. But we can do better. At one time, we did better. When my brother and I were kids in the (cough, cough) 70s, we watched Walt Disney’s “In the Bag.” We were so inspired and started throwing away bits of garbage while doing the “bump, bump” dance. The nonprofit organization Keep America Beautiful released a gut-wrenching television ad you can see here. The ad was quite persuasive. And my home state of Tennessee had its own PSA against littering. At the end of that ad, an announcer says, “We have met the enemy and he is us!”
For a while, it seemed people started caring for their lands. For a while, it seemed people littered less and had more respect for living spaces. Now, not so much. Trash is everywhere. Lots of it. Refuse is in our woods, in our waters, on our roads, and near our homes. I thought I’d create a little photo gallery to show the inescapability of our garbage.
** Trigger warning: Some of these images show evidence of addiction.
**All images photographed by Delonda Anderson