I was riding my bike around my neighborhood today and trash cans were making their way out because tomorrow is trash day. I was pretty discouraged by one house, which almost always has an overflowing trash can, however today was even worse than normal. Their 95 gallon trash can was overflowing into their recycling bin, as you can see in the picture below.
People can get more trash cans and they are pretty darn cheap so this is really silly. It also sometimes has me questioning all the work. I even helped get this trash service and curbside recycling to my town and often have to hear people complain about it and not following the simple instructions.
So how do you keep hope? Well, it's important to remember you aren't alone. Blogs like this one help remind me of that and also I remember at one point I wasn't doing all I am now. I drank bottled water, I didn't recycle as much as I do now, I used single serving food, and so on. So there is hope people will end up on a similar path.
Also focus on the positive. A couple of days ago I learned participation is up to approximately 70-80 percent participation. And not long ago it was only 25 percent! So even this small town, where many don't believe in climate change, change is happening. So we must all stay strong and remember what we are doing matters!
Do you find yourself discouraged when you see others not doing their part?