It is our responsibility to step up our game. Ugh, I know...we are all doing the best we can in so many areas of our lives. You might say, don’t push me to do better, please! But, I am going to do just that because wherever you are in your consumption of plastic (which is actually both figurative and literal), you can do better. We must all do better.
We have to think about what type of Earth we will bestow upon our children and future generations. Do we really want to pass on an Earth that is covered in plastic? Plastic pollution is everywhere, in our air, soil, rivers, lakes, oceans, beaches, even in our drinking water!
China and India are no longer taking the plastic we drop into our recycling bins. It’s piling up in some communities or being sent to landfills or incinerators in others. The answer is to stop using so much plastic!
We use plastic for many reasons. It’s hard to avoid! It’s inexpensive. It’s light weight. But, most of all...it’s convenient. But, the convenience and the savings aren’t really convenient or inexpensive. We are just sticking future generations with the bill and a big mess to try to clean up.
Enough, I say. So, let’s think about how, when, and where we can avoid plastic as if the future depends on it.
If all of this is new to you, it’s not too late to take action. Start with one or more of the action items. When you’ve mastered those, add another. Some of these actions may require us to expand our comfort zones. But, hasn’t much of adulthood? And what better gift could we give future generations than a healthy, thriving Earth?
Published on April 30, 2019