Tackling Litter in the 21st Century…

The Canon Chancellor, Peter Leonard, writes about a new app he has discovered…

For some time now I have had a growing concern about what I can practically do to help ease the problems with the environment. The focus at the Cathedral on ecology and the environment this year is helping with that and through the various events that have already taken place I have learnt a lot. With any change of behaviour it is good if that can be accommodated in ways which are normal and natural – it tends to make them easier to stick to.

As many of you know I love a bit of social media and so my phone is never far away from me! I was delighted to discover a new app for the iPhone called Litterati. The basic idea is that whenever you see a piece of litter you take a photo of it and then pick the litter up and dispose of it appropriately – either recycling where possible or binning it. You upload the photo to the app and then the app records where the litter was found providing insight into problem areas, while keywords identify the most commonly found brands and products. This data will be used to work with companies and organizations to find more sustainable solutions.

I’ve downloaded the app and have already started to upload photos and consequently also clearing up litter in the Portsmouth area. You can find the website by clicking here. Check it out – how amazing would it be if across Portsmouth people downloaded it and the city’s litter began to disappear?

If you are not big on the whole using an app thing then why not check out some of the practical ways you could be involved – there are regular litter pick session on Southsea and Eastney beach and you can visit the Facebook page for that here.

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