A Local Perspective on Life in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.

Cleaning Up the City

On December 3, the residents of Tsukuba gathered to collect litter from around the city. Do you have any idea how many cans and bottles they collected on that one day? I’ll put the answer (in TONS!) in the comments.

It’s a little bit shocking. Why do people think it is okay to dispose of garbage in places other than garbage cans? It’s a lesson I learned when I was little. We had a commercial that would run on television (especially on Saturday morning when the cartoons were on) telling us not to litter. It was done with a big owl — I thought his name was Hootie but a quick internet search tells me its “Woodsy”. Equally unimaginative. Anyway, Woodsy would romp through the forest and other places and the kids with him would sing:

Help Woodsy
Spread the word
Never be a dirty bird

In the city or in the woods
Help keep America looking good!
Hoot! Hoot!

And Woodsy would say:

Give a hoot!
Don’t pollute!

(I am from Canada, but we got a lot of American TV stations where I lived.)

Would I have been a polluter if Woodsy hadn’t taught me proper civic manners? Do we need to introduce Woodsy over here? Is the problem just as bad in Canada and I just don’t notice it as much?

I’m not sure, but I sure do wish people would start giving a hoot around here.

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