When it comes to sanitation workers, many people will say that they are urban beauticians. Indeed, we do not dare to imagine what a city would become without the hard work of sanitation workers. However, there is a country in the world that does not have sanitation workers. This country is Norway.
Norway is in the northernmost part of the earth, in the western part of Scandinavia, and one-third of the country’s land area lies within the Arctic Circle. Speaking of the Arctic, people will have high mountains and glaciers and snow-capped scenes in their minds. In fact, this is true. Therefore, the winter in Norway is particularly long and cold. Many common vegetation cannot grow here, but there is one kind of plant that is an exception. The plant is spruce. Spruce belongs to the category of evergreen trees, resistant to cold and dryness, with straight and tall trunks and a spire-like shape. Norway’s unique climate has become fertile soil for spruce growth. Therefore, large areas of clouds are planted on both sides of the streets in Norway or in the fields and mountains. Cedar. We know that every time the weather turns cooler, the leaves will naturally fall, and there will be a scene of “leaves sweeping the autumn.” However, the streets and wilderness in Norway are not spruce trees, buildings, farms, and forests. There are fewer leaves, and naturally there is no need for people to clean it.
Having said that, some people have to ask, if there is no natural garbage, what about humans? After all, the garbage generated by humans in a city every day is also amazing. In fact, this problem is also easy to explain. As we said before, Norway has a long winter, and the roads are covered with snow for most of the year, so the city is particularly fresh and clean. Someone may also say that someone should clean up the snow! The snow on the road must of course be cleaned up, but Norway’s method of clearing snow is also very special. They don’t use people to sweep them, but use large snowplows. If there is icy on the road, there will be a stone scatterer to scatter small stones to prevent people from slipping and falling while walking. When the ice and snow melt in the coming year, the government will arrange for a special stone removal vehicle to clean up. Of course, snowplows, stone scatterers, and stone removers all need people to operate in the vehicle. If you have to say that Norway also has sanitation workers, then these people who operate tool carts are just fine. However, these “sanitation workers” are fundamentally different from the sanitation workers who hold large brooms and dustpans in our impression of cleaning in the scorching sun and severe cold. They don’t have to get up early, and they don’t have to worry about getting fair treatment. In Norway, everyone has a strict time limit for work. Once the time is exceeded, overtime must be paid. If you need to work overtime in an emergency, you have to pay additional subsidies.
Without leaves, there is a way to clean up the snow. What if someone does not consciously throw away the waste? Although everyone knows that it is unethical to litter everywhere, there are always special cases. Not to mention our country has this situation, Norway also has it, but it is much less. Here I want to talk about a phenomenon. I don’t know if you usually pay attention to it. In a clean environment, we will always invisibly produce a self-restraint behavior, because no one can bear to destroy the beautiful picture. Those dirty and messy places, we have no scruples, anyway, it is already like this, and we don’t care about one more. Norway is a place that can be kept clean all year round, so people have a sense of consciousness and gradually form a virtuous circle. Therefore, even if there are sanitation workers in Norway, they are not distributed in the streets and alleys as we see everywhere in the country, busy and hard.
Of course, this is not to say that Norway does not have sanitation workers, and that the national management and the quality of the people are all good. After all, the environment is different, the national conditions are different, and there are good people everywhere. Stones from other hills, can learn. Good things should be shared and used for reference. At the same time, we fully respect those who greet the morning before others, and those who work hard for society, others and themselves. In terms of environmental protection, “starting from me” is not just a slogan. I hope that more people can truly start from me, lead by example, and give society and themselves a better living environment.