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12:00 AM, May 11, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, May 11, 2019

When one person steps up, others follow

Sometimes it can be quite bothersome to walk around with an empty bottle or a packet. This is why we see so many people throwing stuff everywhere on our streets. Sometimes people may think, “what’s wrong with throwing just one bottle.” But that one bottle becomes two, two becomes three, and that three becomes fifty in no time. All of a sudden, we have bottles everywhere. And not only bottles, but all kinds of trash. And trash everywhere.

This is how trash piles form across our city. We don’t even realise it, but all it took for this problem to start was one or two people to not care. And that effect has continued till this day. Similarly, the opposite too can happen.

My sister always keeps empty bottles and chocolate wrappers in her bag and waits to find a trash-bin. First her friends would laugh at her and mock her. But now, they too do the same. It’s hard for that one person to start. But if they go ahead and do it nevertheless, others do eventually follow. That is how people change things. And if we really want to, so can we.


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