I was riding the train yesterday, thinking about the ideas in, “The Impact Equation” by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith. What strikes me today is that I haven’t been a prolific writer over the last 20 years. According to Brogan, it’s necessary to write regularly, because well – Practice makes perfect. This is great for the organized non ADHD brain that is quite comfortable with scheduled activities, the kind of person that knew what was for dinner tonight, last weekend when the shopping was being done.
So I am making a commitment to more frequent writing, in order to effectively stretch my writing muscles. That’s great, but really what does dinner have to do with any of this? I’m glad you asked. When I first made a decision that I wanted to promote the responsibilities of tending to our planet and avoiding fossil fuel based plastics it wasn’t because I got tired of looking at trash in my neighborhood. I became aware that for the last 50 years, humans have been inserting deadly products into the food stream of natural wildlife, causing mass genocides of entire species, all without intention or knowledge of our actions.
In a conversation later that day, someone asked me, don’t we do enough through current recycling programs? The answer is not at all. In fact, I’ve been having a lot of conversations lately about this. In the Berkley, California – Ecology Center’s website – you can read about how plastic recycling education isn’t all true, and the pretenses you and I have about recycling may be false http://www.ecologycenter.org/ptf/misconceptions.html
Spend some time with the 5gyres institute ( Facebook, Twitter and http://www.5gyres.org) and you will learn about how bad the problem of single use plastics really is, and why it’s a problem we will never get away from. Yes I said never, as in permanent damage that may very well out live the human race. (More about this in future posts I promise).
Why am I ranting? Because today, something you eat will come in a single use plastic. And because I too am guilty of this in the last 24 hours, that plastic went to a garbage pile, placing more fossil fuels back into the waste stream. If I’m lucky, that piece I’m guilty of will end up in a landfill where it will be buried and take hundreds of years to break down, if it ever does. The other potential is that it will landing on a beach or floating in the ocean for some animal to confuse with natural foods. This will not digest well, and will probably contribute to the death of some living creature or if it does break down, the joy of additional toxins being released into the environment will be something for future generations to deal with…. (http://science.howstuffworks.com/science-vs-myth/everyday-myths/how-long-does-it-take-for-plastics-to-biodegrade.htm )
Makes me want to go on a hunger strike just thinking about it all.