“You can’t be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.”
–Hal Borland, Sundial of the Seasons, 1964
It’s Earth Day 2018 and this year’s mission is to bring attention to the growing, disastrous effects that un-recycled plastic garbage is doing to our environment. Plastic garbage does not biodegrade, it is with us for thousands of years and it is everywhere, and now it invades our oceans and our water supply. It shall take more than refusing a plastic straw at the drive-thru and re-using a plastic bag from Wal-Mart twice before throwing it away. We must recycle, we must create new avenues of recycling, and we must start recycling centers where there are none. Above all, we also need to expand our use of alternative fuels and limit our dependence on oil and petroleum products as this is also our source for plastic. And c’mon, wouldn’t you prefer a cotton, wool or hemp shirt, pants, or dress over a synthetic, polyester version?
Instead of showing you pretty photos of the Earth from space today, you need to see what plastic is doing to our planet. I’m showing those kind of photos today.
“After a visit to the beach, it’s hard to believe that we live in a material world.”
Man must feel the earth to know himself and recognize his values…. God made life simple. It is man who complicates it.
–Charles A. Lindbergh
“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. “
–Chief Seattle, 1855
“We each have a role to play in ensuring that we do not pass a world beyond repair on to our children. Everyone must do their part, and as long as we unite to protect the one planet we have, we can leave it in better shape for future generations. On Earth Day, let us all accept our individual responsibilities to care for the world we live in, and let us marshal our best efforts toward building a safer, more stable, and more sustainable world.”