We have decided on our April Peace Project and want you to join us!
On Sunday April 21st, the day before Earth Day 2013, the U.S. Servas Office is going to host a Toxic Litter Cleanup in our town of Arcata in order to clean up our environment, give back to mother Earth, and raise awareness about one of the most common forms of litter in the United States: cigarette butts.
Inspired by Legacy For Health, Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, and their campaign called “Rethink Butts” we hope to collect and properly dispose of as many cigarette butts as we can in and around our town. Rethink Butts aims to help stop toxic litter and educate the public about the dangers of tobacco waste on the environment, and on human and animal health. We hope to do the same and encourage you to organize a cigarette butt clean up in your area or simply become more conscious of the number of cigarette butts around you.
Below are some thought-provoking quotations from Rethink Butts’ literature:
- “In an increasingly health and environmentally conscious world, cigarette butts remain one of the only socially acceptable forms of littering left.”
- “And they’re the number one littered item on US roadways and the number one item found on beaches and in waterways worldwide.”
- “On Earth Day, April 22nd, more than a billion people in 180 countries around the world will commit to promoting environmental action.”
- “Tobacco litter clean-up is a substantial cost to cities each year.”
- Tobacco “filters are made of a plastic called cellulose acetate which is technically biodegradable under ‘ideal’ conditions, but in practice does not biodegrade when tossed on the street or on a beach. Even under ideal conditions, cigarette filters can take years to breakdown, merely breaking up into small particles of toxic waste.”
- “Cigarette butts are toxic to people and animals” because of the hundreds of chemicals found in cigarettes.
For more information you can go to Rethinkbutts.org to download a fact sheet, a toolkit for promoting awareness in your area, see the PSA video, and have access to many more sources of information about cigarettes and the environment.
We will keep you posted about the meeting time and place for our April 21st Toxic Litter Cleanup, and hope to have you join us! 🙂