My Garbage Girl alter ego and founder of Waste Warriors is Jodie Underhill. She is on a mission to clean up India and educate people about litter. Her organization started by cleaning up the base camps after the adventure tourism industry sold the thrill of conquering our earth’s highest peaks to climbers.
This is a glaring example of us having the desire to be “at-one” with our planet’s unique offerings and yet our footprint of accomplishment is our waste. The definition of waste is an act or instance of using or expending something carelessly, extravagantly, or to no purpose.
What is this behavior? How is it possible that we don’t feel responsible for what we use once and leave behind? Why does the next person have to experience our waste? Who pays the cost for our lack of community and the guardianship of our home? Kenneth Worthy of Psychology Today blogs about answers to these questions. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-green-mind.
Let’s pause for a moment and consider that plastic bag we saw blowing down the street or the plastic water bottle lying in the gutter. If it rains before that item is disposed of properly, it is washed into the storm sewers. There it clogs up the filters in our waste water treatment plants (if there is a treatment plant). If the storm is heavy enough, and the filters are full, that item bypasses the system and finds its way into our rivers and oceans. It takes a ride on the currents and gets consumed by birds and marine life. If it isn’t consumed, it starts to break down further and further to become part of the ocean ecology forever. Think about that… forever… as in it will NEVER go away. And then the cycle infinitely repeats itself all over again. https://www.helpstoplitterbugs.com/educational-resources Help Stop Litterbugs explores the global costs of littering and offers anti-littering ads and activities for kids as well as Educational Resources for teachers, parents and volunteers.
Let’s take that plastic bag and fill it with the litter we pass along our way and dispose of it properly by sorting what is recyclable. We can follow Jodie Underhill and become Waste Warriors in our own lives.
TED Talks is a great resource for ideas about waste. Here are just a few links to some of the most inspiring waste and garbage gurus:
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jczZodRWKyE Recycling Doesn’t Matter-So What Does?: Terra Heilman “We take actions all day long that have an impact”.
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWnsmzSSgdI Zero Waste is not Recycling More, but less: Bea Johnson “Buying is Voting. Are you voting for Waste instead of Education?”
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YglyHzvBqpA The Wardrobe To Die For: Lucy Siegle How Fashion Destroys. Clothes as Litter. Her Green Carpet Challenge
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zj8HJntlP4 The Masterpiece of a Simple Life: Maura Malloy ” We all have two lives. The second one starts when you protect the one you have”.
- And then there’s the Liter of Light Project!!
Until Next Week,