"If each one of us picked up five pieces of trash with the four million we have in Los Angeles, that’s 20 million pieces of trash of every day."

Saturday, April 16, 2016 Friends of the Los Angeles River – The Great LA River Cleanup Tujunga Wash @ Haines Canyon Channel

Saturday, April 16, 2016
Friends of the Los Angeles River – The Great LA River Cleanup
Tujunga Wash @ Haines Canyon Channel

"I am with the Center for Spiritual Living out in Granada Hills. There’s a group of us out here. We’ve brought 12 people out from our church of 150 people because we just want to support the environment. This is something simple and easy we can do. This is our second year. I am a reverend and so God and Nature to me are synonymous. I think it’s important all of us are out here being good stewards of the Earth in this simple way and I feel good doing it. The other part of it is I suppose that we don’t think of having a river in Los Angeles and yet before the channel went in there was serious flooding around here. So this is a cool thing to be doing and also to be on this end, the upper end of the river, where we can really see where the waters collect up here in the Tujunga area. One of the things we teach at the Center is mindfulness. We just have to be more aware of how we effect our environment, particularly those of us that live in urban areas. We have to be mindful. If each one of us picked up five pieces of trash with the four million we have in Los Angeles, that’s 20 million pieces of trash of every day. So the change begins with simple things beginning with the way that we see, move, and operate in the world. Every little piece of trash that we knowingly or unknowingly let get away from us becomes a huge problem down the road, particularly in the river where everything collects. Everything flows downhill, as every plumber knows, and that’s no different with trash. The main thing is that every little bit that we do or every little act of carelessness as well as every act of mindlessness or mindfulness has an effect. My biggest hope is that we no longer need river cleanups because it wouldn’t be necessary. We could then just do nature hikes or take our attention somewhere else."