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May 30, 2019 5:22 pm

Dear Jessica,
I am with you and your reaction to how people litter like it can be socially acceptable. Sooner or later we are going to be living in our own filth. We got only one planet and we should treat it with respect, because if we ruin this planet we will have no where else to go.

Two classmates and I are doing a social movement on trying to power our school with solar panels. Do you have any suggestions on how we can succeed with this?

May 14, 2019 6:15 pm

Dear Jessica,
I am impressed with the amount of research you put in to your blog post, because it supports all the information you are including to prove your point is correct. A well-researched fact makes your opinion stronger, and you clearly have taken this into consideration by finding a great amount of evidence for your topic. I was especially drawn to your claim that “People in Oakland litter because they are simply lazy to throw away something” because it is a very large accusation. At first I was unsure that it was fully accurate, but after continuing to read I realized that because you had so much evidence, your statement was most likely correct. I know fully agree with your statement.

I think that a possible solution to solving the problem of littering in Oakland is to put more trash cans in the streets. If there are more trash cans, it will be easier to dispose of trash, and therefore more people will do so. In addition, fines for littering can be increased, so every time someone is caught littering they will have to pay for it. More people will realize littering is not worth it and stop. In time, it will cease to be a problem.

I think it is very important to recognize the causes behind littering, because it is the first step to finding a solution. I will definitely continue reading your posts because they are very well written and filled with lots of interesting information about littering.

I think you, as well as others viewing this post, would be very interested in my own blog, in which I discuss littering and sanitation in New York City with several informed posts every week.
You can find these posts here: https://sanitation4nyc.wordpress.com/

May 14, 2019 6:11 pm

Dear Jessica:

I am impressed by the amount of effort and research you put into the blog post, “Littering in Oakland,” because the variety of sources you utilized and cited makes your information more valid and well-supported. The interviews and articles you incorporated in your post makes it much more informational.
One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “People are littering in Oakland because they think it’s socially acceptable to litter.” I think this is absolutely correct because people think it’s okay to do something when it meet the norms of society, but they hesitate to do something different or normally not accepted or expected by society.
Another sentence that I agreed with was: “People in Oakland litter because they are simply lazy to throw away something”. This stood out for me because although it seemed like an ordinary, vague reason, you supported this point in multiple ways with multiple different sources. This persuaded me to agree with what you were trying to imply.

Thanks for conveying your viewpoint towards this vital issue in society which can have dire consequences upon the people in our society, as well as future generations. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I really liked the way you utilized numerous different sources and research to support your point of view, convincing your audience to consider your viewpoint.

I think you would be very interested in my own blog posts, addressing similar concerns to yours. Together, we can make a change in sanitation and abolish littering once and for all!

Reply to  Ritwika
May 14, 2019 6:13 pm
April 18, 2019 3:38 am

Hello Jessica!
Thank you for sharing your insight on the littering epidemic in Oakland. While reading your post I noticed your interviewees and the overall tone of your paper seemed to blame the government more than the litter-bug residents. Some questions that came up as I was reading were- Why is the government completely at blame? If I am correct, there are public trash bins and public sanitary workers that clean the streets. These services are provided and paid for by the government; I would consider this an attempt to reduce litter in the city. Also, have you considered the rapidly increasing homeless problem as a contributing factor to the litter issue? Just a few thoughts to consider, thank you!
-Mia B #SJSU

February 27, 2019 3:27 pm

Jessica, thank you for sharing your viewpoint on this urgent matter in our society. I thought you made some very good points about how littering is becoming socially acceptable and why people think it’s okay to do this. I also thought the interviews in your piece of writing were used very well to support your point. Do you think it is the government’s fault that littering is so socially acceptable? If so, what would you have them to do change this? Similarly, do you think that the situation is especially bad in Oakland, or do you believe this to be a problem on a much broader spectrum? The only critique I have is maybe give a little more insight into why people tend to think like those around them. This is known as group think. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/groupthink I have attached a link above. Maybe you could include this in your reasoning. Overall you did a really good job. Let me know what you think of the link!

February 13, 2019 2:37 am

The interviews and articles you cited made your blog post much more validated. To make a claim like “people are lazy” is one thing. However, you supported your claim well with justifying with civilian testimonies, plus citing statistics from the City of Oakland California website. You made a very convincing case.
While I was reading, you linked the fault of littering between the people and the Oakland government. While both are surely to blame, I’d like to ask:
Whose responsibility is to to clean up the litter? Whose responsibility is it to stop littering from continuing, to spread public information about the dangers of littering?
When I read your article, I thought when the Government was shut down recently. Because government officials weren’t working or being paid, no one was cleaning National Parks; thus, pictures are all over the internet of parks being over-run with garbage littering our beautiful nature sites. The parks weren’t cleaned due to the government shut down; yet, because these sites are for public use and are intended to be preserved for such, shouldn’t people also be responsible for this?
To stop the issue, who should be taking the first step: the government or the people? Government can fund and circulate projects to stop this. On the other hand, people are more personable and can start campaigns to get others more involved and knowledgeable as well.
I’d love to hear (read?) your thoughts on this and what should be done.

January 23, 2019 5:03 pm

Dear Jessica
I am impressed by your post tirar basura en oakland ,’’ porque… la gente es perezosa porque no tira la basura en un bote de basura y descarga la basura ilegalmente en lugares en los que no debería que afecta a oakland poco a poco una frase que usted escribió que es destaca para mi es 29,000 vertidas de basura en un año que es preocupante porque… la gente que hoy en dia es consciente del daño que causa al mundo y de afectara a futuro gracias. Por tu escritura. Espero ver lo que escribes a continuación, porque… tu información sobre la basura me parece un tema el cual se debe de tomar mas enserio de mucha preocupacion

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