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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Environmental pet peeve

Twice now in the past eight years I  have found myself working for an employer that produces massive amounts of waste which ends up in the landfill and or anywhere else in the immediate environment. The first is a fast food chain based mostly in coffee, and the coffee cups they produce, though made from recycled paper, can be found just about anywhere once used.  Sometimes just walking along one block on a city street will allow you to find more than a dozen cups with their plastic lids carelessly discarded on the sidewalk, someone's lawn or on the street.  The particular franchise that I worked for did very little recycling.

Paper cups, plastic and glass bottles and packaging went right in with the rest of the garbage and quite often, even though machines were not in use, they were still left turned on to waste energy.  If this were an environmentally friendly company it would recycle all of the above, and could, being a fast food outlet also separate certain food waste for composting.  Coffee grinds are good for the garden for example and apparently acts as a deterrent to rabbits feasting on growing veggies, and could be donated to anyone with a garden and even to farmers.  Last but not least, it seems to me that it is a simple matter to turn off machines that are not in use.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

International Year of Biodiversity is not just a celebration, but a call to action

International Year of Biodiversity is not just a celebration, but a call to action

Environmental Messengers

What the environmental messengers around the globe are trying to get through to us is that this planet  we call earth is our pond.  It is our only pond.  As such taking  care of it must be a priority over everything else.   In taking care of this pond, we not only take care of ourselves but also our younger cousins: the birds, mammals, fish, reptiles and insects who share it with us.

We have forgotten one fundamental truth; that all things are connected in nature, therefore what affects one will eventually affect another.  We have unwittingly endangered both ourselves and our younger cousins through our actions; through our enthusiasm to beat nature at the survival game, and our subsequent, growing encroachment on all  the different habitats around the globe. This danger, you will see, if you take the time to look around, is very real and we need to take a step back and re-connect with what is truly important.