Friday, June 27, 2014

Plastic


-- Quote of the Day -- 

"Our affluent society contains those of talent and insight who are driven to prefer poverty, to choose it, rather than submit to the desolation of an empty abundance. "

~ Michael Harrington


-- Plastic --


According to a recent study I read the wide variety of plastics in the ocean are responsible for the loss of one million seabirds and one-hundred thousand marine animals, causing billions of dollars of economic impact. And, according to Seas At Risk (http://seas-at-risk.org) 85% of marine litter is plastic. 

Sadly much of this comes from runoff, streams, creeks, wind-blown garbage drifting to larger bodies of water where rivers shoot all the waste to the oceans. Some of you may have read my posts or heard me talking on my radio show or as a guest on other radio shows or perhaps read my chapter on clean walking and on plastics in our Trash Talk book series... But this study underlines the importance of reducing waste in our individual daily life, recycling as much as we can, and cutting up the plastic can holders before recycling. Just as important - cleaning up while we are walking from place to place, simply picking up the waste where we see it makes a huge difference in the damage to the environment and making sure as much of that as possible is recycled creates jobs and stimulates the economy. Whether you are on a beach or shore line, walking along a creek or river, in the park or in the alley behind your home or office... you'll find all kinds of opportunities for making a positive impact if you keep your eyes open for misplaced waste.



You might be interested in this amusing animation published by Joan Marc Simon about the world’s plastic problem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0g_lpmcOyWk&feature=youtu.be



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