I see parents sometimes, arguing over how best to raise their
children. For example, Public schools,
private schools, and home-schooling all offer legitimate points that will be
debated for generations, but I think everyone agrees that the education of the
child is what is most important.
Regardless of my stance on global warming and how mankind has (or hasn’t)
had an effect on the planet’s climate, I am an avid outdoorsman and I’ve always
believed that it’s best for everything (people, plants, and animals), if we
make an effort to recycle, research alternative energies, and generally try to
clean up after ourselves. Let’s face it,
there’s nothing about a landfill that’s attractive or useful, and very few people
relish the “smell” of a bustling city.
The problem we face isn’t necessarily the ability to make the effort (recycle, reuse, replenish, etc), it’s
the convenience of it. I work in an office where it’s tough to get
people to make a fresh pot of coffee when it runs out; is it realistic to think
that these same people will walk all the way to the break room to recycle a
can? As someone who studies people, I
can tell you that they won’t.
There are more empty cans in the trash under the desks in our office than
are in the recycle bins on any given day.
The recycle bins we do have in the office are only for aluminum cans and
paper. At home, our garbage provider has
given my family one recycle bin. I threw
cardboard, glass, aluminum, copper, all manner of recyclables in there, until
one day the trash-men actually sorted through it, took the cans, and threw the
rest of the material into my front yard.
I took the hint and unfortunately, I don’t recycle anywhere nearly as much as I could (or
I believe the legitimacy of Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth” stems more
from the fact that it is beyond just “inconvenient” for the vast majority of
Americans to make an effort to improve the environment. It is still way too easy to just “throw it away.” For me to recycle any number of common
household items (like cardboard, or yard waste for example), I need to break
them down, store them, collect them, and then eventually drive them somewhere
to a collection facility that is OPEN, and pay a fee to dispose of it. Our local recycling center is only open
during the weekdays from 9-5 and for two hours on Saturdays. Seriously.
We can do better.
So, I would like to challenge businesses (and individuals) to make it
more convenient for those of us who,
honestly, would like to make an effort.
Buy everyone a corporate mug and stop with the Styrofoam cups. Add some additional collection points; create
community compost bins, think of creative ways to make efforts toward
environmental improvement easier, so
that it becomes a more common way of life.
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