Tuesday, June 30, 2009


Yesterday I went over to Amy's to have lunch. She showed me a video that she had to watch for a grad class. It was about the effects we have on the environment and how much energy and resources we use for the things we buy. The past year or so I have become more conscious of my own carbon footprint - bringing reusable bags for shopping, using less paper goods such as dishes and napkins, turning off appliances when not in use. It may not be a lot but I believe that if everybody does a little it will make a difference.

We are so wasteful and the video talks about the disposable society we live in. It is sad to think that we throw out things without giving it a second thought of where it will end up. I saw a show on Oprah awhile back about this. The guest speaker said that there is a mound of garbage the size of TEXAS in the Pacific Ocean! They showed pictures of turtles and birds caught up in plastic bags. It was so sad. Another videoclip they showed was of a garbage dump and all of the things in it that could have been recycled or reused.

I just hope that people will watch this video and be aware of our impact on this planet. If our ancestors were this selfish and wasteful, where would we be today?

You can view the video at www.storyofstuff.com. It is worth the 20 minutes of your time when you consider our future and that of the generations to come.

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