We’ve seen so strange challenging circulating on social media in the last years. Remember ‘neknominate’ or ‘Birdbox’ challenges? Well, even viral, these tendencies were actually useless. But when you see something so positive for change, it’s absolutely awesome!
The last viral trend on social media seems to be the ‘Trash Challenge’ or #trashtag. And hundreds of photos with people cleaning up beaches, lakes or parks are invading the internet.
#trashtag seems to be trending. This one’s from Nepal 🇳🇵 pic.twitter.com/stAxbQXhup
— Kelllvvviiinnn (@kelllvvviiinnn) March 9, 2019
#trashtag is awesome, never thought I’d support one in a non sarcastic fashion. I sure hope this challenge sticks around. pic.twitter.com/3t2dIqZvsE
— momento (@EddieOhGonzales) March 10, 2019
The idea is circulating on social media for almost a year, but it went viral in the last few days. And the views are dramatic if you imagine that people are those who dropped their trash in the first place. However is really nice to see there are still people out there who care about the environment.
Maybe the best explanation of the phenomenon was given by Cody Hanson:
“It’s the only outdoors we have. We all use it for many different things but it is the only one we have. So let’s all do our part and treat it with respect. Let’s pick up after ourselves and then pick up extra. It only takes a few minutes of your time to pick up something that’ll far outlast us humans if left alone.”
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We can be better than this. I found this plastic bag stuck in a bush near our campsite and decided to put it to use. Inside is every plastic shot gun shell I could find along with every piece of plastic and trash I could see within our campsite. This excludes the countless amount of spent ammo casings and glass bottles thrown into fire pits and used as targets that are nearly impossible to collect. It’s the only outdoors we have. We all use it for many different things but it is the only one we have. So let’s all do our part and treat it with respect. Let’s pick up after ourselves and then pick up extra. It only takes a few minutes of your time to pick up something that’ll far outlast us humans if left alone. We’re the ones who get can pass it along to those who will come after us in better shape than we found it. #flagstaff #leavenotrace #flagstaffarizona #priestdraw #packitout #cleanupafteryourselves #trashtag