We're About to Get Knocked Down and that's Okay

Building Beyond Me Held Steady in #2 on Open Litter Map’s World Cup Leaderboard for Quite a While

Why is it okay that we’re getting close to being knocked out of our place? It’s because that means others with more time and energy to donate to Open Litter Mapping are out in the world, mapping, and making a difference. Yes, I need to try harder. Yes, I want BBMe to stay at the top, but more than that, I want to see meaningful change in the way that we take care of our planet.

www.OpenLitterMap.com  is on the forefront of gathering citizen science data and sharing it freely to anyone or organization that would like to use the data for studies. It’s all over the world, folks!

www.OpenLitterMap.com is on the forefront of gathering citizen science data and sharing it freely to anyone or organization that would like to use the data for studies. It’s all over the world, folks!

Building Beyond Me is about to get knocked down to third place by @seashorty - Rock on!

As many of you know, and btw, I’m just sort of switching from being BBMe to being Ryan at BBMe, I live in Puerto Rico. When you live on a small island, you see a microcosm of the entire planet. You see immediately where our creation of garbage is so bad that we have 26 landfills overflowing, in what should just be rainforest.

You know The Amazon is on fire right now?

Well, Puerto Rico is just as close, and we should not be developing land that is crucial to creating natural habitats. The pollution here is out of control, but not more than other parts of the world, including the mainland U.S. If the canopy in our rain forest does not recover, it will not be able to cool the clouds formed by the upward thrust of air from the mountain, the condensation will not occur, the clouds will blow away, and we get drier and drier and drier. It’s a scary thought.

We lived for 3/4 of a year with no electricity, and the water we collected off the roof and the buckets we dragged up the hill after Hurricanes Irma and Maria. I tell you this, I would choose water over electricity any day of the millennia!.

So. We’re all just one small person… We can’t make any kind of change… Why bother?

Lies We’ve Been Programmed With

You and I are but a small person, and without everyone’s contributions, the world would not be exactly as it is today. Now we must all take one positive step forward. We must all build beyond “ME” and build into “We” because this is our home. We should at least act like we give a shit.

What Can I do?

  1. Be a Litter Mapper and Picker Upper. You can do it with your Pupper → www.OpenLitterMap.com

  2. Stop using chemicals that destroy our water supplies (bleach, phosphates, etc.)

  3. Stop using one-time-use plastic products - bags, cutlery, cups.

  4. Carry a reusable water bottle. Your whole body will thank you.

Izz sniffing out litter

Izz sniffing out litter