Posted by: David McKay | March 8, 2011

Life During the Age of Plastic…

So, there’s this 4th grader.  And he’s out to make the world a better place.  He’s not just writing about it, or talking about it…

(Do You Really) “Want A Straw With That?” is the title of the article that just made the news.  Read it.

I cannot help but think of Joseph Heller’s character in Catch-22: Milo Minderbinder.  Clever guy, that Milo.

This is shaping up to be the classic David and Goliath story.  Those are my favorites — I cannot help it, as my name is David.  I have an affinity for the little guy.  And this guy is still just a kid!  How cool is that? Does he know how big the plastics corporations really are?  Do you think he cares?

I have mentioned a few times about how this is their planet — the next generation, and the next, and the next, and the next…

What legacy will our time leave behind for the history books?

Will Mohamed Bouazizi, the street vendor in Tunisia, be remembered for his courage that set a continent on fire with dreams of freedom and a chance to truly live?  I hope so.

It should not have to come to such drastic actions.

So, let’s start with a little step, get a snowball rolling…

Will Milo help to play a role in the way we think about the world?  I hope so.  He’s got my support.

“No straw, please.”

We are real close to breaking the camel’s back here, people.

Rethink.  Refuse.  Reduce.  Reuse.

Responsibility is not convenient — it is necessary.



  1. 🙂 Wow – this little guy is smart beyond his years – and courageous!! Way to go, Milo!

    Here’s a school blog you might enjoy:

  2. This grabbed my attention this morning…another blogger noticed this article, too:

    She points to the ‘Be Straw Free’ website, , started by Milo.

    When you sign up, you help his cause AND you get to download a free song by Peter Donnelly that I really enjoyed!

    • Thanks, Kate! I can’t help but write about the connections. Keep sending things my way when they come across your desk…

  3. Forgot to say that there’s a great song at Peter’s website called ‘Trouble’ that you might enjoy, too!

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