If you’ve spent any amount of time checking out this blog, you know what a hard-core tree hugger I am. Among family and friends, I’m notorious for diverting from a trail or a walkway in a park to pick up litter and debris.
I’ve always known I’m not the only overly-responsible Nature Lover who does such things. And I just read an article about one such person who’s gone way above and beyond the call of duty.
That young man is Edgar McGregor and his commitment to coming to the Planet’s aid when thoughtless or malevolent humans sully and pollute her is truly inspiring.
For 589 days, Edgar ranged all over the Eaton Canyon Trail, one of the most popular hiking spots near Los Angeles, picking up litter, trash and debris of all kinds in order to atone for the sins of his fellow humans and get the canyon as clean as is humanly possible.
And finally, the day came when he walked the park and couldn’t find anything to bag up and carry away.
Reading of Edgar’s untiring effort has inspired me. I can hardly tell you how much. Suffice to say, he and I are cut from the same cloth, but his efforts have, of course, easily out-stripped mine. I commend him for his nearly-superhuman work and devotion to Mother Earth.
“Bulldog Ben” Basile
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