Good day to you. Today is Earth Day – 22 April, 2012. Do you know why this day is celebrated? Here’s one version of the history of how ‘this day’ came to be:
. Here’s another version:
Now we are in the 21st century. We have recycle bins and shredders for paper. We use energy-efficient lighting. That said, are we really recycling enough to save our planet, the Earth? I think not and here’s one reason why: Massive food companies are allowing the marketing of single-serving plastic containers which are then thrown into our landfills after a single use. How much plastic is thrown into our landfills? Here’s one marker for you: 36 Billion single-serve water bottles end up in our landfills each year (source unknown). In my personal opinion I’ve seen a continued increase in the past ten years of single-serving food items like gelatin desserts, frozen microwave meals, fruit snacks, and the like. Single-serve packaging continues to clog our landfills without check or legislation.
Here’s another Earth Day shock point for you:
. Glass does not decompose in our landfills. There are many other items which do not decompose in our landfills for various reasons. Please reference this link for more info:
. Because these and many other items do not decompose in our landfills; we are causing a never-ending cycle of pollution, using up the finite number of resources Earth has, and affecting other Citizens of Earth, her animals.
I think we all can do our part to celebrate Earth Day everyday.
Renew, Reuse, and Recycle. Peace be with you.