Does a Tree have Rights?

I’ve always had good experiences getting to know the woods, and forests near homes in which I lived growing up. When I was about 9 my father, brother and I went out into the woods for a hike. This time my dad was instructing my brother on the safe handling and use of a rifle. After…

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Good Fences make Good Neighbors!?

“Mending Wall” by Frost got it right, fences are not the answer to getting along with better with the neighbors. This photo of a high fence and all the trash that was “caught” by the fence was taken here in Broward County, Florida. In some cases the fence, or wall, serves a good purpose… keeping…

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If it’s artfully placed, is it still litter?

Graffiti, in the 60’s, started gaining status to ultimately be recognized as a legitimate art form. The Wynwood neighborhood in Miami is an example of what has come out of that movement. Could this be happening to litter? Have you ever folded or torn packaging material, like paper food bags?  Is this visually modified material considered something other than litter?…

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Faded “I Voted” Sticker – Inauguration Day 2017

I spotted this sticker on the ground in one of the neighborhood parking lots. It seemed a true piece of MOOP (material out of place). Not only was it very faded… the red ink had all disappeared, but it seemed to have been run over by multiple cars during it’s past few months on the…

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Litter-Free Rocky shores of Washington State

It’s really nice to visit a new coastline… especially one that does not have much in the way of litter.  As was the case with my recent experiences on several of the coastlines in NW Washington State. There was no sand, like in Fort Lauderdale, but small pebbles and lots of driftwood. No Raker to…

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SusieQ “Talkin’ Trash” at Virginia Shuman Young Elementary School

I was asked to speak to a group of elementary school children and their parents as part of their “Green Team” celebration for completing and displaying either their group or individual science projects this past Wednesday. Many of the projects had to do with asking questions about food or the environment. My talk was focused…

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SusieQ “Talkin’ Trash” 9:30am, Saturday, on the Beach

The second Saturday of each month the Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep group meets and requests the assistance of volunteers for a beach clean-up. They meet in the sand, at the intersection of Las Olas and A1A (aka N Ocean Drive), Fort Lauderdale. Between 75 and 125 people show up on any given month. Tomorrow will probably…

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Small, Rectangular Plastic Bag Litter

Yes, every litter bit matters. The other day I noticed a visual shift in the seascape — hundreds (probably thousands up and down the beach) of small, empty, clear, rectangular plastic bags. What were they doing there? Was there a dumping offshore? What might have been in them. Usually the people that pass by in…

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SusieQ – A Global Trashformation Presentation for School Children

I’m honored to have been invited to present  “How to Make a Difference ~ Young Global Trashformers” Wednesday evening, December 21 at 6:15pm as part of an evening with the GREEN TEAM. Location: Virginia Shuman Young Elementary School, 101 NE 11th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Working with children has been one of the great pleasures of…

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Banana Split

It’s Okay to Litter if it’s Bio-Degradable, or is It? One answer is, “It depends on how you look at it.” At the recent condo board meeting I talked about items on the beach that were not part of that natural eco-system, like food, and cups, straws, cigarette butts, wrappers, bottles, bottle caps, and similar material.…

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