This blog was started, and is intended to illustrate that environmentalism happens through small acts, is not difficult, and that it does not always have to be some big life changing event that forces you to live in the tree tops with no electricity. All that being said, one of my small acts was to start this blog to gain some friends to help me save the world.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

What to do, what to do?

I think I am finally doing what most normal (modern) people have been doing since the internet became so readily available, and that is surfing on it.  Since I have started this blog (my new obsession) I have been looking at other blogs, specifially other green blogs.  And there are some fantastic ones out there.  There are some very dedicated, intelligent, somewhat crazy (that is not an insult, seriously I like a little bit of crazy and think it is healthy (should be a Jimmy Buffett quote in there somewhere)) people out there who really put me to shame when it comes to the environment.  On one of my recent explorations of the web I have a found a number of websites and blogs dedicated to plastic and the plight of trying to be free from it.
Sounds easy, OMG  so not easy.  Just try and look around where ever you are (hopefully I am not talking to myself here, but if I am that is OK) and see how many steps you can take without running into something plastic.  Geez, I am at home right now, and right in front of me is the plastic keyboard and mouse that I am using.  So see I could not even stand up to take the step to find plastic.  It is everywhere.  And seriously I do try to be thoughtful and cognizant of my surroundings and my actions.  But as I have mentioned before I am weak and I know I buy plastic stuff (I also have limited resources which keep me in a gas powered car, keep me on the outdated electrical grid etc., but I am accepting donations, I kid I kid).  I was once donned the nickname granola crunchy.  I wore that name proudly thinking my recycling was enough.  But after seeing the dedication of others I think I may have to retire that name for a while, as they have put me to shame.  There are those who have tried to live plastic free for short amounts of time and there are those that are constantly trying to make their lives plastic free.  Could I do that?  I think it would be a great struggle for me.  How would I type all these awesome blog entries (haha)?
It really was not that long ago that people did live petrochemical free. So it really can't be that hard, right?  Wait how would I brush my teeth, type on a computer, wear polyester (that is a joke), ride in a car, wear shoes, pay for stuff etc.  Really I cannot go far without running into it.  And why should I care about all this.  I have recently read this book (and highly recommend it, although if you enjoy eating seafood you may not after reading the book) called the World is Blue by Sylvia Earle.  And in it, it discusses the importance of the worlds oceans.  It also highlights how humans are destroying the oceans.  Discussing the massive floating plastic garbage deposits that have formed in the worlds oceans.  These plastic islands aren't going anywhere (that is sort of the problem with plastic) and are affecting life near and far from them.  I think I have mentioned before, just because you cannot see something does not mean that there are no consequences.  Plastic is everywhere, I guess that is why I have so many posts about plastic bags and doggie bags etc.  I mean if we are recycling and reusing it may help, but a lot of plastic is made to be disposable.  Quick reminder, plastic is made from the finite resource, oil, which as we all know is very costly and causing lots of global issues.  Just saying.  Anyway as I have already gone on too long, I will try and end here.  This is my new challenge to myself, to try and make my carbon footprint even smaller (although I wear a size 7 and don't think that is huge, man I am on fire today).  I am not going to do anything crazy like purge my house of all plastic, because there would not be anything left.  But I will try to reduce the amount of plastic I bring into the house, recycle and reuse all possible plastic items that I can, and continue to research other ways to reduce the amount of plastic I use.  So get excited because if I find anything cool I will be sure to share, and if anyone else knows or finds something please share as well.
As always many thanks

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