Respect God’s Creation


Litter on roadsides is pervasive.

It isn’t limited to highways, though. Even when trashcans are plentiful and within easy access, trash is often tossed indiscriminately in parks and other public spaces. The last time I walked along the Tidal Pool in Washington, D.C. water bottles and soft drink cans bobbed in the water – a stone’s throw from the iconic cherry trees and within eyesight of the Jefferson Memorial.

State and national parks and forests are not immune from litter, either – not to mention the graffiti malady.

Yesterday I received my newsletter from Tucson’s Saguaro National Park and read about a new low: the park fell victim to vandals twice during the month of May. Here’s what happened:

The first incident, on Mother’s Day weekend, resulted in objects defaced with black spray paint – including rocks, trail signs, water bars, and eleven saguaro cacti (at least one of which was estimated at more than 150 years of age). The second incident occurred approximately 10 days later, when a saguaro, palo verde tree, and two barrel cactus plants were hacked down. Because cameras had been installed after the first incident, photos of the two perpetrators of the second attack were widely circulated among local media, and the two men identified quickly turned themselves in to face charges of destruction of park resources. The first incident is still being investigated.

The story goes on to say that this type of vandalism is an increasing trend at national parks across the country.

What kind of people do this?

One wonders if they behave this way in their own homes…or if they save the destruction for the vast living room we all share.

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