The Keep Britain Tidy campaign are asking smokers to be more considerate about how they dispose of their smoking-related rubbish. Fair enough I say. Smokers don’t have a divine right to use our streets as ashtrays. Similarly, gum-chewers who spit their gum onto the pavements have no right to trash our streets.
Look down and take note of the cigarette butts along with the chewed-up gum. Discarded cigarette butts are an eyesore but more crucially, they’re not biodegradable. In fact, on account of the toxins they are designed to hold, they present a real threat to our wildlife and they’re often found in the stomachs of birds and marine-creatures.
But what do we care, so long as we can live as we want to, doing whatever we like.
There I go again, being a sanctimonious, self-righteous, myopic greenie. Ho hum. I make no apologies for caring about the Earth and the inhabitants that I share it with.
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