At the top of our Christmas wishlist, and second only to our wish that the Greek government outright bans single use plastic, is for citizens to take personal responsibility for trash. You will say angrily, but it is the municipality's job to do this! To this we respond:
1) YES IT IS! DEMAND that your municipality does its job well. VOTE, LOBBY, BE PART OF THE SOLUTION. Complaining with no action will get you nothing. Don't just complain on Facebook or at your local cafe to your friends, take your complaints to your municipality and to your politicians.
2) PICK IT UP. The very act of picking up trash you may happen to come across as you walk on a beach or in a park shows your DEFIANCE of the status quo. You are better and you want to be part of a society that is better. If everyone did this, our society WOULD be better.
3) IT IS A WAY OF LIFE. A "clean up" does not necessarily have to consist of 100 people who have organised for days to meet at a specific place, nor is it just something you do a single day a year. It is an attitude. It is the feeling that you are part of a bigger whole and it is ok to bend down and pick up someone else's trash. It is not beneath your dignity, indeed it makes you, and the society you are part of, better.
Take a look at what this woman on Kos does on many days when she walks her dogs on the beach. She is one of many Nameless Plastic Heroes of Greece and we thank her!!!