A Rubbish Rant

One of the things that I simply cannot wrap my head around is littering. I have really tried to understand why we do it…but I just can’t.

Okay fine, so you pay taxes and therefore have indirectly paid for the street sweepers salary but would you spit or throw rubbish on your tiled/cemented or even earthen floor because you have a paid cleaner coming in?

This year, on World Oceans Day, the focus was on plastic pollution; the littering that happens on the beaches and in the oceans and the effects that it has on the different species. Google Chris Jordan’s images on birds and plastic. So sad. Dead birds found with ingested plastic from the littering on beaches and oceans. These animals literally choke on what we throw. We have amazing brains, they have pea brains. So they’ll eat whatever they find. I don’t know whether people expect the litter to miraculously disappear or walk itself into a rubbish can/pit.

irUcyJ1466414630In Nairobi, one of the reasons why we experience so much flooding is because of the amount of trash that goes into our drainage systems. It clogs the drainage system and water just piles (no water can’t pile…It builds up…What does water do?…Accumulates). Water accumulates. We loose millions of shillings as a result of flood related damage and this is avoidable.

A little responsibility goes a long way. Throwing litter in the right place does not really require much energy and besides littering is really shady.

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10 interesting facts about the African elephant (Loxodonta Africana):

i.   Is the largest land mammal

ii.  Has a gestation period of 22 months #respect

iii. Gives birth once every 5 years

iv.  Can’t jump 🙂

v.   Has poor eyesight

vi.  The trunk which is a combination of the upper lip and nose is used for smelling, breathing, detecting vibrations, caressing their young, sucking up water, and grasping objects.

vii. The tusks, are modified incisor teeth used for digging, foraging, and fighting. They are present at birth then fall off after one year to be replaced by permanent ones. AND prefer one tusk over the other…so could be right-tusked or left- tusked 😀

viii. Compassionate: Care for the wounded and grieve their dead.

ix. Have a developed sense of memory. They remember loved ones, hold grudges and recognize long-lost friends.

And finally,

x.Elephant herds are led by a matriach. Girl power! The males leave the group as soon as they hit puberty.

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For more information on the African elephant, visit: The Animal Fact Guide

 

 

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Out of the total volume of water on the earth, freshwater makes about 2.5% of the total volume.

70% of the 2.5% is in the form of ice (glaciers)  and permanent snow cover (don’t know how permanent though with global warming); almost 30% of the 2.5% is groundwater and only 0.3% is easily accessible on the earth’s surface (lakes, rivers, streams and ponds).

The rest of the water, slightly more than 97% is saltwater (oceans).

Source: UNWater

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Source: emojibase.com

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