Be The Change

I read something, this morning and felt I had to share, mainly because I have an ever-growing passion for the dislike (not a strong enough word) for plastic.
We as humans are destroying this beautiful world, not only with our constant use of plastic, that is filling our oceans, destroying our beaches, filling the land fills, killing our animals and marine life but with the constant fumes that we are pumping into the air, our atmosphere.

Change has to happen!!!!!!

We are all too good at passing the buck, blaming different generations for our mistakes but in truth we all know that the fast pace and convenience of modern living has a massive part to play, along with the multi million pound companies who wrap everything in plastic. Don’t even get me started on the government, all I can say about them is, they need a huge kick up the rear end, as do we in pure honesty.
The government need to make a stand, they need to stop those multi million companies, wrapping everything in plastic, they need to help the small family run businesses by getting people out of the larger stores and back in the high street, were fruit, veg, meat and fish is fresher and not wrapped in plastic within more plastic.
The whole shopping system needs changing and with that change maybe the community will once again be, what it once was.
We will know our neighbours by name, we’ll build friendships and support systems, not just nod our heads as we hurry past them to our lumps of metal that get us from a to b, all the while pumping more harmful fumes into the air that we are pulling into our lungs.
I know change won’t happen over night, it can’t because we humans have gone to far, we’ve destroyed so much already, but just that one change will bring more change, which will in time change so much more.
Let’s bring back, using the milkman, bring back glass collections, start using local family run businesses, start riding our push bikes, and rebuild our community’s. Lets change while we still have a chance to make a change.
Let’s listen to our elders!

“Yesterday after shopping in our local supermarket, I was in the queue at the Check Out, and heard when the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment.
The woman apologised to the young girl & then sighed, “We didn’t have this ‘green thing’ back in my earlier days.”
The young clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. You folk didn’t do enough to save our environment for future generations.”
The older lady said “Ahh yes you’re right, our generation didn’t have the “green thing” in its day.” She sighed then continued:
Back then, we returned milk bottles, lemonade bottles & beer bottles to the shops. The shops then sent them back to the plant to be washed, sterilized & refilled, so those same bottles were used over & over, thus REALLY were recycled. But we didn’t have the “green thing” back in our day.
Grocery stores put our groceries into brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) were not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalise our books on their brown paper bag/covers. But, too bad we didn’t do the “green thing” back then.
I remember how we walked up stairs because we didn’t have an escalator in every store or office building; walked to the grocery store & didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go 200 yards.
But she was right. We didn’t have the “green thing” in our day.
Back then we washed the baby’s nappies because we didn’t have the throw away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. Wind & solar power really did dry our clothes back in our days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.
But that young lady is right; we didn’t have the “green thing” back in our day.
Back then we had one radio, in the house, not a TV in every room. And if anyone did own a TV, it had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of a football pitch. When cooking we blended & stirred by hand coz we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send by post, we used layers of old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.
But she’s right, we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.
We drank from a tap or fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, & we replaced the razor blade in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.
Back then, people took the bus & kids rode bikes to school or walked instead of turning their mothers into a 24-hour taxi service in the family’s expensive car or van, which cost what a whole house did before the “green thing”
Oh and we had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerised gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest leisure park.
But it so sad this current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the “green thing” back then?”

How heart wrenchingly true this is, it makes me sick to the stomach, to think the damage we are causing, the futures we are destroying.
We need to open our eyes and look at the bigger picture, to see the damage and devastation we as humans are only capable of doing.

We need CHANGE, before it’s to late.

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