Carrying my trash with me today was not only educational, but it also felt good to be making a change. I knew that by participating in this “Trash on Your Back” campaign, I would be making myself an environmental leader, activist, and educator in my community. At first, however, to be honest, I was a little bit nervous about hauling my trash around all day long– especially at school. I was worried that people might judge me or view me as weird when I told them what I was doing.
When my teacher Eric Magers first told me that we would be wearing the trash we produced during the height of prom-asking season, I was more than dubious. What would this program do for us other than ruin our social standings and personal hygiene? After one day, however, I realized that this program was my most important environmental endeavor yet.