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September 28, 2020

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Respect the Environment
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I care about the environment and respect it. Everyone should.

I would like to preface this post to say that I am not a huge environmentalist tree-hugger who carries a sign in protests and boycotts this, that and the other. I have nothing against those that do (to each his own, I always say).

It is Blog Action Day. To do my part, I am taking a bit different turn of thought into this. I am going to be mean, which, if you know me, it is hard for me. :-)

One of my biggest pet peeves is a person with no consideration for other’s property, public property and the environment (as a whole…like parks, forests, farmland, etc).  I grew up learning to respect in all things. Respect people regardless of status, respect property no matter where it is or who it belongs to, and respect yourself. It is the simple Golden Rule that says it all, treat others the way you would want to be treated.

Growing up on a farm off a busy highway, it would annoy me to no end when we would have to go to the property’s edge and clean the litter nearly every week. Many disrespectful drivers would toss out their refuse and it would land in our ditch or blow into our property. We would alway work hard to make sure our property looked clean and presentable (in a way, we were showing respect to the community and for ourselves).

I remember we had people in a neighborhood behind our 80 acres of crops who would use parts of the back of our property without asking to grow their own gardens. My dad probably would have been more than happy to give permission, but they did it without asking. I still don’t think it bothered dad, but it always bothered me. Why would a person do such a thing?…weren’t adults supposed to know better? Now that I am adult, it is not a shock that I can totally see how inconsiderate and disrespectful many adults are in many aspects of their lives.

So, for Blog Action Day, I want you to do me a favor. Be courteous. Be kind. Be respectful of the environment.

We get one chance at the environment. One opportunity…one lifetime to get it right so as to leave it better for the next generation. Respect the environment and yourself and your future by not littering and leaving things better than when you got there. It is common courtesy! It is common respect, and it makes for uncommon people who can rise up and make it better.

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  1. Michael Gowin

    Well said, Dustin. I’m not a “tree hugger” either but do endeavor to be a good steward, and am teaching my children to do the same.

    Although it may not seem obvious, bad citizens can have an impact on portrait photographers. Case in point: I was doing a senior session at a local park recently. I hadn’t gotten five frames shot when I stepped in–yup–a big pile of dog poo. Some pet owner had been through that area without a thought for others who use the park.

    Of course, my first thought was, “I hope this isn’t a metaphor for how this session’s going to go.” Fortunately it wasn’t. 😉

  2. Dustin

    HA! Michael, I am sorry to laugh at your misfortune, but I did nearly the exact same thing this weekend only I *almost* laid in it when jumping down to the ground to get an upward perspective! It was a close one.

    It is important that we teach our children the values that we hold dear to ourselves. We should each take time to recognize what is important to us and why, and then teach it to our kids and others. Great point and glad your session wasn’t a pile o’ poo!

  3. Shannon

    I just wanted to say ‘Amen!’ and thank you for sharing these thoughts with us :)

  4. liz

    I work for Cox Enterprises and saw that you participated in Blog Action Day. I thought you might be interested in visiting http://www.CoxConserves.com. The site details Cox’s commitment to the environment and offers tips on how anyone can become eco-friendly.


  5. Rebecca

    Hi Dustin! I just read about your studio and photography business through another blog- Eric Linebarger. We went to school together and he’s taken just about every one of my friends wedding pictures. But, I had no idea what you were up to. I’m sooooo impressed! It was great to see pictures of your family and Lacy and her new baby. It’s crazy how I’ve completely lost touch. I had no idea you had such an unbelievable talent for photography. I’m in San Francisco now working for a design firm and designing hotels. Email me sometime. I’d love to hear how you and your family are doing!

  6. ed atrero

    awesome words, dustin!

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