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From Butts to Brilliance: CleanPlanet Day October

Updated: Jan 4

CleanPlanet Day in October

The end of October brought with it a unique blend of artistic inspiration and environmental stewardship. This particular Clean Planet Day saw us embarking on a mission that highlighted the power of creativity and the impact of small actions.

The day was significant for a different reason—it was the day of a choir performance. Such events are all-day affairs, requiring participants to be at the venue early for soundchecks and preparations before taking the stage in front of roughly 1,000 eager audience members at the Chan Center. Amidst the hustle and bustle of the performance, there was an unexpected revelation waiting to unfold.

As you may recall, I have a faithful four-legged companion, and our regular walks had recently revealed an eyesore—an accumulation of cigarette butts littering the sidewalk by a fence. It was a classic case of thinking, "Someone should really clean this up, maybe the city workers or someone." However, a moment of clarity shattered this passive contemplation. I realized that I am that "someone" who takes action and cares for the world. With this realization came a newfound sense of purpose.

Early in the morning, before the choir performance demanded my attention, I embarked on a creative endeavor. I rummaged through the recycling bins in my condo's garbage room and stumbled upon a used soup can. After a thorough cleaning, I put on my inventor's hat and transformed this ordinary can into a unique receptacle. I drilled some holes in it and devised a way to attach it to the fence right next to the cluster of cigarette butts.

But this wouldn't be just any receptacle; it would be a work of art with a message.

With a marker in hand, I added a playful touch by writing, "Feed me! Not the ground!" on the can. This whimsical message served as an invitation, urging passersby to make a conscious choice and use the can instead of discarding their cigarette butts on the ground.

The results were nothing short of remarkable. Since its inception, this unconventional receptacle has been embraced by the community. It didn't take long for people to notice it and start using it. I found myself regularly emptying the can, and the sidewalk began to see fewer cigarette butts scattered around.

What I took away from this experience was a valuable life lesson—our actions don't need to be perfect; they need to be in action. In this instance, a simple soup can turned into a symbol of creativity, environmental responsibility, and community engagement. It reminded me that small, creative solutions can have a significant impact on our surroundings.

October's Clean Planet Day was a delightful reminder that we all have the power to effect change, no matter how unconventional our methods may be. It was a testament to the potential for art and creativity to inspire positive actions and foster a sense of shared responsibility for our planet.

As we look back on this unique Clean Planet Day, it's a call to all of us to embrace our creative side, think outside the box, and take action, no matter how small, in our collective pursuit of a cleaner and more sustainable world.

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