Our society has become much wiser, as a whole, with regard to the need for things like clean drinking water and unspoiled natural spaces. We understand the roles such things play in leading healthy lives with a higher quality of life.
That’s what makes events like the Big Sweep so important. Designed to use volunteer power to collect litter from our waterways, Big Sweep events are much, much more than a bunch of hippie tree-huggers getting together to save the planet.
The volume of waste that finds its way to our waterways truly is mind-numbing and we can’t depend on Mother Nature to break those waste products down before thousands of years have passed. That’s a lot of generations that would have to suffer the consequences of chemical-filled plastics floating in the water or rubber tires stranded alongside riverbanks.
The growing Triangle region has a finite supply of the water that is required to sustain life and with each new family that moves to Wake County, there is more and more pressure – and cost – to supply each of us with clean, safe drinking water. And as we saw just a few short years ago, a prolonged drought can wreak havoc on our water supply, even if we keep it pristine.
Aside from the obvious health issues, there is also the beautification issue that should ring loudly to us. Our waterways are the one largely unspoiled part of our county. We are surrounded in Wake County by an ever increasing amount of concrete, tall buildings and industrial concerns. Preserving our natural spaces is crucial to helping maintain the quality of life we’ve all come to expect, whether we were born and raised here or whether we moved to the area seven months ago.
So look for a Big Sweep event close to you. They run through May 7 and they offer an opportunity for the entire family to get out of the house after a long winter and do something that benefits not only them, but the entire community.