Kiss My Lil Green Butt
Jump On The Bandwagon
I don't know if you are all sick and tired of hearing 'Go Green!' or 'Stop Global Warming!' I know I am. I have always been a tree hugger but we are really going too far with all the hype. People, including politicians, are jumping on the bandwagon for glory and riches. It is a bit sickening. Okay, a lot of what I am about to write will be a bit tongue in cheek. But it just seems like everyone is being pushed towards fighting global warming because they have nothing really to demonstrate. No great wars, pulp and paper companies are replanting, smokestacks are forced to filter air, cars no longer use leaded gasoline and they have to have pollution devices. What is left for a society of people that like to demonstrate and hold signs up...Global Warming. It gives the politicians something to stand for, it gives people something to talk about and it causes people to !!get involved!! ...Propaganda.
Ice ages come and go. They always have and always will. They cannot be predicted. There is no pattern to it. None at all. Scientists know this. If it is time to melt, the caps will melt. If it is time to freeze and cover the land in mile high ice sheets, it will happen. And that, Jack, is fact.
Save A Tree
Long ago, we protested the stripping of the forests, the complete stripping of mountains, for the lumber. We need wood, that is a fact. We knew, even way back then, that the trees were our air filters and although we needed them as wood or paper, we needed to make sure they were renewable. We protested, we yelled and screamed, some chained themselves to trees that were to be cut. Fun times! Companies were FORCED finally to replace trees that they took. We won! As a point of fact now, we do not really need to recycle paper. I am not sure but wouldn't the pollution from the 'factory' that recycles be worse than actually cutting another tree and replacing it. We won the war to save the trees, yes. That war is over.
One reason we are forced to recycle glass is that it takes a lot of room in the landfills. Empty space, a bubble. Sand is melted to form glass. Is sand a disappearing resource? I don't think so. It takes more energy and chemicals to clean the used glass, melt it down and form it into a new bottle. Correct me if I am wrong, but wouldn't it be better for the planet to just smash the glass before putting it into the trash and not recycle. Just a thought.
We have these companies here that deliver little plastic bags filled with store flyers, advertisements, free newspapers and magazines. In the winter, I save all my recycle things in a back room, hating winter and refusing to 'go out there.' In 4 months, I had 3 piles...3 inches of personal paper (envelopes from bills etc), 3 inches of advertisements delivered by Canada Post and 3 feet of those bags of flyers. 3 feet! They brag of having over 1 million customers. 1,000,000x3 ft....scary. I tried for over a year to stop them from delivering it, twice a week. I even chased the truck down the street using my best french swearwords and threw it into the back of the truck. I called. I wrote. They still delivered. I put small signs on my mailbox saying 'Canada Post Only' and 'No Adverts' and they were ignored. So for about a month, on the times they came...I stood guard at the end of my driveway until they knew I was the crazy woman and stopped delivering. It is a bit sad that I had to act nuts to get my point across.
The point is not about recycling....it is about abusing a resource. we should not accept all that spam, without a thought, because we just shrug and say 'Oh, well, it will be recycled.' Sure it can be recycled, but is that really a good thing when we just use too much for no reason?
And that brings me to the recycle boxes.
My city corrected the problem of all this wasted paper, not by stopping the flow. They, ridiculously, replaced our foot high recycle boxes with new and improved four foot high boxes. And so, like all politics, they solved the problem by making it worse. We can have nothing to complain about since it all fits neatly in the box, so they think. They should, instead, try thinking "out of the box".
The city, trying to solve the problem, gave us bigger boxes with lids...3x bigger. They got these fancy trucks now that have no men hanging off the back. There is just a driver who runs a claw type thing that empties the boxes. Problem is...They only put the claws on ONE side of the truck. That means that the truck has to go up the street and then down again. I live in a big city. Imagine the gas and pollution of those trucks doing 2x thousands and thousands of small roads.
Following the recycle route are the garbage trucks. For safety reasons, I think, they only pick up on one side of the road. I can see a garbage man being wiped out by cars impatient to pass the truck, so I can understand that. Unfortunately, those garbage trucks now go up and down the streets like the recycle trucks. Now, counting, that comes up to 4 trips by 2 trucks for thousands of streets. There is a simple solution but either nobody has thought it out yet, the million dollar studies are not in yet or they know people are going to complain more about having to walk 10 ft than they would about bad air, overuse of expensive gas and us paying more for those trucks.
Solution: Put all garbage on one side of the street. Put all recycles on other side of the street. -Or- Put all garbage and recycles on one side of the street, depending on address number like we do for watering our lawns. We can only use water outside for gardens and car washing on the days of the month that coincide with our house address number. Even number houses one side. Odd number houses other side of street. If the pickup day (Monday here) falls on an Odd number then it goes out onto the odd side of road. Not rocket science. Then you have 2 trucks going by just once.
I have always had a corner of my lot reserved for composting. Weeds, household vegetable matter and leaves make some fine, dark soil for the garden. No use throwing out to the garbage men what can be used on your own property. This small, compact composter is decently priced and can give years of good, healthy homemade earth for home and gardens.
All Hail Global Warming
They can scream Global Warming all they want. As a Canadian, I really don't see the problem when I sit there in 4 ft of snow and -10c temperatures. I feel sometimes that I should go outside and burn a few tires to help Global warming along.
The last two winters have been gentle. I have joked that those big giant fans we installed in the north are working fine. Tired of storing USA snow for centuries, we are turning on those fans and sending those snowstorms down south. I find that most of the people screaming global warming are the ones who have for centuries enjoyed the heat and are now finding out what it is like to live in Canada. While us Canadians are finally enjoying the tropics without having to travel. Last summer had to have been one of the most beautiful I have seen in years. Years! And, this winter we have only received about a foot of snow, compared to four or five feet regularly received in a Canadian winter. If this is Global Warming, I say bring it on. Anyone who does not like my attitude can just kiss my lil green butt.
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© 2016 Susan May Gudge