In an article from Earth 911, Inauguration: Rolling out the “Green” Carpet, I read about how Obama’s inauguration will have the smallest “footprint” of any president in history. Claiming that the nation, and the world, will be watching Obama’s sustainable opening day. These unprecedented green measures will symbolize his commitment to the environment and, hopefully, will inspire real change.
So what happened? Paula Dvorak from the Washington Post reported that the mountain of rubbish left behind was of historic proportions. “More than any Fourth of July, more than any event we’ve seen,” Park Service spokesman William Line said. The trash generated at all other events ever held on the Mall paled compared with what was left Tuesday. Some of the mess was attributed to a dearth of trash cans, which some folks complained about. Washington trash trucks hauled away at least 130 tons of garbage after the inauguration of President Obama, with more to go. National Park Service workers picked up almost 100 tons on the Mall and near the White House. But so much of the trash left behind were personal items, like sleeping bags and folding chairs, why couldnt they have taken there stuff back home? Why wouldn’t they have wanted to? Is it the fact that we are too lazy as people? And just how much was recycled and how much was dumped in landfills?