In keeping with Miasmi’s series on driver’s behavior, the world is not your ashtray. I see it almost every day. I’m sitting in a line of cars at a light and the driver in front of me is smoking. The window is open and when they aren’t puffing, they are holding the cigarette out the window. That’s the giveaway.
They flick the ashes out the window, and then, as they finish it, they flick the cigarette out the window too. It’s only a minor crime, just littering, but it displays a contempt for law and the common courtesy that is the glue that holds a society together.
If I was making laws, people who were cited for throwing a cigarette out of their car would have to eat a cigarette butt in addition to any currently imposed fines. Having pro-environmental bumper stickers on your car while littering would be considered an aggravating circumstance and punishments would be doubled for hypocrisy.
Let every individual and institution now think and act as a responsible trustee of Earth.