SAP Blog #2

By: Jaspreet Gill

The Social Action I Have Completed So Far

So far, I have completed the survey. I surveyed two classes. One class has thirty-two people, and the other has twenty-eight people, so in total I surveyed sixty people. I asked them four questions. The first question I asked was; “Have you littered in the past year?”. I said past year because I wanted it to be recent. Thirty-five people admitted to littering and the other twenty-five people said they did not. The second question was; “If you said yes, how often do you litter?”. The choices were daily, weekly, monthly and occasionally. Everyone that said they littered, all said they did it occasionally. The third question I asked was; “If you were to litter, why would you do it?”. The options were out of laziness, out of habit, there were no nearby garbage bins or other. Sixteen said out of laziness, four people said out if habit, thirty-one said there was no nearby garbage bin, and nine said other. The last question was; “If you were to litter, what would make you stop?”. The choices were harsher penalties, more trash bins, learning about the consequences, or other. Fifteen people said harsher penalties, thirty people said trash bins, twelve said learning about the consequences, and three said other. This shows that 58% of the students have littered in the past year. All of which did it occasionally. If people were to litter the most popular reason was because of the lack of garbage bins. Similarly, for the last question 50% of students said what would make them stop is if there were more garbage bins. This shows that an effective way to reduce littering would be to put around even more garbage bins than there are now.

My Future Action

I'm planning to continue tweeting on my stop littering twitter account. Right now I only have 10 followers on the account and I think it will increase by being more active. This account will hopefully increase awareness of the consequences of littering. The first thing I posted was informing people about littering (http://www.curelitter.ca/sef/page/id/6.html). Another thing I tweeted was a link of a list of ten harmful affects of littering (http://www.greenecoservices.com/walking-green-10-harmful-effects-of-litter/). Also, I tweeted that the U.S spend 11.5 billion dollars on litter clean up every year (https://www.scienceleadership.org/blog/Littering_and_its_Effect_on_the_Environment) to show how much litter can cost you. I tweet many facts that effect littering worldwide because on Twitter there are people from all parts of the world. I have to make the account reach out to everybody. For example I tweeted about how New Zealand might raise the fines for littering (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3328375/New-Zealand-introduce-1000-fines-littering-street.html) so people will be more hesitant before doing it.

I will continue to update this account until the day of the presentation.

Other Ways to Reduce Littering

Other ways to create change to littering are:

  • Cleaning up litter around the community

  • Handing out flyers to spread awareness

  • Fund raising money to help clean up garbage

  • Fund raising money for more garbage bins

  • Not littering ourselves
  • Telling people not to do it if we see it being done
  • Making an informative and persuasive presentation, so people can see the negative impacts littering causes

Struggles Encountered and Expectation vs. Reality

I encountered two main struggles during this SAP project. Firstly, I thought it would be easy to think of survey questions and choices for them but it turned out it was hard to choose effective ones for my presentation. It took awhile to think of some efficient and useful ones that relate to my social change. Secondly, I did not expect that getting followers on my twitter account would be too hard but it turned out to be difficult. To try to overcome this I started tweeting more frequently and tried to talk about littering issues around the world. This would make it easier so different people from distinct parts of the world could relate, making it easier for them to like the content and follow the account.