Our Earth, the Mother Nature, provides us with many blessings, every day, without asking back. Mountains, trees, animals, the beautiful sky, oceans, lakes; are some of the thousands of things our Earth has given to us. However, over the years, we have taken much advantage of the free blessings and gifts given to us. Our acts of not giving back led to a major unavoidable disaster – Global Warming.
But to tackle this disaster, leaders and lovers of Earth have joined hands together to form organizations and groups that want to give back to our Earth and restore its beauty. One such organization called Keep Irving Beautiful.
So what is Keep Irving Beautiful? What is its purpose? – Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) is a non-profit organization in the city of Irving educating the community regarding recycling. Their main purpose is to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of the city. This year, On September 24th, The KIB Annual Trash Bash was held at T.W Richardson Grove Park from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.
Parents, boy and girl scouts, high school students, college students, retired oldies; hundreds of volunteers showed up on a cloudy and windy day to show their love for Mother Earth. The morning started off with volunteers wearing their awesome-looking KIB shirts and getting equipped with trash pickers and trash bags. Oh and BUGS! Right before heading out into the parks and into the wild, volunteers also got medical aid to prevent any infections caused by insects and creatures.
To the right, to the left, and in every direction – volunteers were everywhere just searching for trash. Some walked all the way into the forests, some went towards the rivers and waters, and others even crossed bridges and roads to collect anything and everything that was to be recycled. From empty bottles, boxes, and plastic bags to torn pillows and baby diapers – every sort of trash was found in the wild. One 7 year old Boy Scout even asked a question that left many volunteers, including me (who were with him), speechless. He had asked “Is this how your elder generation has been treating the only land so generously given to you?”
On the other hand, many volunteers helped in setting up food and water stalls. After a 3 hour long journey of cleaning up trash, the returning volunteers were treated with delicious veggie and meat hot dogs, cold water, and Gatorade drinks. Entertainment and music was also a part of such a productive and wonderful day. There was a long queue of volunteers who wanted to take pictures with a tamed snake and tortoise.
Towards the end of the day, pictures and selfies were being clicked all around in which smiles and laughter was the only expression that truly blossomed on everyone’s face. Everyone was exhausted but everyone was also satisfied with their good deeds of giving back to Mother Earth. Our love is small as compared to Earth’s love to us but one thing is for sure: KIB and its volunteers will never stop loving Earth.