KICK THE CAN
written by Debbie Williamson
The Environment Bug was sitting on the dock enjoying the fresh air. Every once in a while a nice big trout would jump out of the lake. Environment Bug loved it. He was enjoying himself very much.
All of a sudden, the Environment Bug saw a shadow behind him. He then heard a kerplunk sound. He saw a tin can floating on top of the water. He turned just in time to see a young boy trying to kick another can in the water.
“What are you doing?” asked the Environment Bug, angrily. “Why are you kicking cans into the water?”
“Well,” said the young boy, hands in pockets, head hung down in shame. “It was fun.”
“Do you realize that you can hurt the fish that are in the water?” asked the Environment Bug.
“No,” said the young boy. “I didn’t think of that.”
Just then the Environment Bug saw a fish swim straight for the can. Environment Bug jumped into the water.
“Don’t go near that can!” the Environment Bug screamed. “You’ll cut yourself!”
It was too late. The fish swam right into the can.
“Oh dear!” exclaimed the Environment Bug, grabbing onto the can and pulling it with all his might. The young boy helped the Environment Bug to shore.
The Environment Bug put his hand inside the can and very carefully pulled the fish out without cutting either himself or the fish. He looked the fish over very carefully and after seeing that the fish was okay he handed it to the boy. The young boy took the fish to the waters edge and let it go back into the water.
“I’m so sorry,” said the young boy a few minutes later.
“It’s okay,” said the Environment Bug. “At least nobody was hurt. However, do you see how easily it is for someone to get hurt.”
“I’ll never kick the can ever again,” said the young boy. “And I’m going to tell my friends not to do it either.”
“Good idea,” said the Environment Bug. “Good idea.”
The Environment Bug is concerned about our environment. He would like to know what you have done about helping our environment. You can post your stories on the Environment Bug – What Have You Done? page, so that you can be an inspiration to others. You can also visit this website for more information on Live Earth.