as i’ve noted previously,( as an inner city dog person, who walks most places), since the introduction of the clean air act, the city has turned into one big ashtray.
there seems to be absolutely no care or consideration given by smokers to the environmental damage, (seen and unseen), they are doing.
an example showing the depth and width of this institutional/societal attitude of not giving a fuck about this issue, is that the smoking employees of the new zealand herald, (publishers of pieces urging us to care for the environment/harbour), all cluster outside their building, and just fire their butts into the gutter, or onto the pavement. (physician heal thyself!).
i mean, can’t apn afford to buy them a bloody ashtray, at the very least?
(and where are their bloody heads at, these smoking reporters/editors et. al.?
do they just not give a fuck, or have they just not evolved to the state where such issues enter their conciousness?)
the mind boggles.
this anecdotal evidence of mine is backed up by those who have to pick the butts up, (that’s if they aren’t washed into the harbour, hello autumn/winter).
i talk with the street cleaners, (a much underappreciated bunch of people, just by the by, i see how you all ignore their existance; i call them the invisible people).
they tell me the numbers of butts on the street have conservatively trebled.
they also tell me there are much heavier deposits of butts on the big drinking nights; wednesday through to saturday.
i can’t see this problem being solved with a carrot, it’s going to need the double sticks of further amendments to the smoke free laws, and city council action/enforcement.
and it’s not just cigarette butts; on early morning walks i see the pools of vomit and mounds of burger wrappings etc etc, (and worse); that the council cleaning staff have to deal with.
meanwhile, while publicans/burger bar owners, sit back rubbing their hands and counting their profits, ratepayers are forced to fund the cleaning up of the mess they are responsible for. i think this is definitly a case where the user pays principle should apply.
i actually approached hotel management not that far from where i’m writing, to note that their outside walls and pavement had been vomited on in three different places. they shrugged, the vomit slowly dried/broke up over the following week.
this city looks like bloody port moresby on a bad day, (i know, i’ve been there); and something needs to be done about it.
this is the face we show to the thousands of tourists passing through the city?