Despite decades of work to stop it, littering is still a pollution problem in the U.S. and around the world.
While litter cleanups are important, the best way to reduce litter is to change the behavior of litterers. This often involves showing litter, and those who create it, as uncool, unclean and just plain gross. Through the years, many public service announcements – some funny, some sad, some terrifying – have been created around that messaging. Here are just five from the U.S. and around the world.
The granddaddy of all anti-littering ads is the famous Crying Indian. The ad was first broadcast on Earth Day in 1971, when environmental awareness was coming to the fore. Though there has been much controversy around the actor (it is believed that Iron Eyes Cody was actually Italian American, not Native American), the ad remains powerful and moving today and has been widely credited with raising awareness and action for the environment.
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