We have governments local and national which keep working and promoting economic development. What about economic sustainability. The spaceship is full; people, habitats and species are feeling the walls moving in on them. Populations and habitats are dying because there is no more room at the Inn. The cupboard is bare.
What is a person to do? I’m not sure however I am reading Mr. Nickerson’s latest offering; Life, Money and Illusion, Living on Earth as if we want to stay. and look forward to sharing some of that information with you as I read through the material. I do know that one of the simplest challenging (because it is both) things we can do is, refuse to use or purchase items that cannot be recycled or reused. Things like Styrofoam and plastic film. I know this was discussed last week folks however it does bear repeating with the upcoming busy buying season upon us, that according to research Styrofoam takes about 500 years to breakdown, plastic film is not recycled here and we have a major clog of plastic in the middle of the pacific ocean adversely affecting our ocean (google Pacific Ocean garbage patch for information) and respective wildlife. Is this acceptable to you?
What can one do? Provide businesses with incentive to provide earth and community respectful products and services. How? Let them know that it is totally irresponsible to release products into the environment that are detrimental to life forms and their habitats. Let them know that continuing to use plastic film, Styrofoam, and containers that might include several different types of material (such as a coffee container that my husband recently purchased which included paper, plastic and metal in one container) is totally unacceptable and irresponsible. How is one to recycle such a container? Let them know, that earth responsible packaging is what is absolutely necessary for you to continue to use or purchase their product again. Also encourage your local, provincial and national governments to introduce legislation which insists that businesses use earth responsible packaging…period. I would like to use Canada’s Prime Minister’s words in response to this by saying, Mr. Harper this is “a no brainer”.
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