Posted by: David McKay | August 1, 2010

Plastic — what a waste.

Plastic waste.  The oceans are full of it as you can see in this short video.

Why not just burn it?  At least that way, the fish and birds and every other animal in the food chain that starts with plankton and protozoa and not nurdles might stand a chance of survival.

Who cares about the safe limit of CO2 in the atmosphere?  That only concerns just about everything living on the only planet we have.

I keep wondering what we will do if we get rid of plastics?  I am continually stunned at the amount of plastic in my life.  Single-use plastics are just the tip of the iceberg.  We still have icebergs, don’t we?

It is maddening and it makes me mad.  I just ordered some books.  About education:

Villa, R. A., Thousand, J. S., & Nevin, A. (2008). A guide to co-teaching: Practical tips for facilitating student learning. Thousand Oaks, Calif: Corwin Press.

And:

Noddings, N., & Boston Research Center for the 21st Century. (2005). Educating citizens for global awareness. New York: Teachers College Press.

I knew when I ordered them that there would be plastic involved with the shipping.  There was.  Wrap it in plastic — it has to be protected from any blemish — our society demands it that way.

Well, not me.  Not anymore.  I am going to start making phone calls, talking to whoever I can to let them know that when I buy their product, I do not want plastic involved in the transaction.  Why can’t you make an exception for me?  Go out on to the floor of the manufacturing plant, get me my book that I am going to dog-ear and highlight, stick it in a paper bag, and mail it to me.  I do not want the plastic shrink wrap!

Would you please, take a moment?  Right now?  Stop reading after the next sentence.  I would like you to just look up, look around, right where you are, and really notice the plastic.

Did you find some?  A lot?  More than you expected?  Look again.

This is it, people.  We are living in the Age of Plastic.  This is not a sustainable way of living.

Hopefully, the books I got will help me to continue my quest to live responsibly.  I think they will.  And the next ones will hopefully be plastic free.  In order for that to happen, I will have to not be complacent.  I will have to create a dialog about plastic with someone.  You, perhaps?

Responsibility is not convenient — it’s necessary.

Rethink.  Refuse.  Reduce.  Reuse.

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  1. Plastic everywhere, not as bad as many households I am proud to say.
    You get some props for keeping us on our toes David. Because of time spent with you I have become less complacent. I look up and see a single use plastic bag which the local organic basil was sold to me in and it is drying on a rack so I can use it again.

    There is a crap load of lego around me though.

  2. Some people are now leaving the packaging at the store where the product is purchased.
    Complacency is one of my watch words — it is so easy to not think.
    Changing the way you think certainly requires some effort — I am discovering that the benefits of change are continuous . . .


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