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How can we save the planet?

Updated on July 19, 2014


Recycling is certainly the buzz word of the moment. Everyone is recycling, even the children in schools are being taught to be some kind of ‘recycling officer’ for their homes. But why now, haven’t you all been recycling all of your lives. I have. I know in the past I’ve been looked down upon for wearing second hand clothes, saving all my glass jars, composting kitchen waste and for making do or mending. Oh yes, I have been mocked; even members of my own family have refused to come shopping in the charity shops. But guess what, I’m in fashion. I don’t drive; I haven’t been on an airplane, so my carbon footprint is small as well. So what’s made me so green, such an all round good egg? I will tell you my secret, Being poor. Yep, that’s it. Not having much expendable income has meant that I’ve been saving the planet.

Did you ask for the extra packaging?

If I had the nerve I would leave the excess packaging at the checkout
If I had the nerve I would leave the excess packaging at the checkout

Why are we in this mess?

 The powers that be have not made it easy to care about the environment.  Did you ask for our glass reusable milk bottles replaced by plastic ones? I didn’t.  How about the soda bottles, did you want them replaced with plastic ones?  Didn’t you have fun as a child collecting old pop bottles and getting money back on them from the corner shop, so they could be re-used? What about bread being put in plastic bags? Perhaps you like your bread sweaty and moist? I much preferred the wax paper and it was much kinder to the environment as it will rot away. Take for example the pizza I bought at the supermarket the other day. It had a plastic layer around the cardboard box, then another plastic layer around the pizza, which was sat on a big plastic lump.  Why?  I don’t know; just give me the pizza, in a cardboard box perhaps for hygiene. If I had the nerve I would love to unwrap all the extra packing at the checkout at the supermarket and leave it there. It would be good to take the same attitude as everyone else and say ‘it isn’t my problem, it’s yours now’. Surely it’s the manufacturers that need to be addressing these problems. But no I was wrong again.  Our council has decided to halve our rubbish collections, but no-one has asked the manufacturers to cut back on packing. So now my family has to do extra trips by car to the tip.  We worked out that this year we have made about 2 extra trips per month to recycle our plastic bottles and 4 trips to the local tip, which were lengthy, to get rid of everything else the council won’t take.  How is that helping the planet?  If every family in our street did this that is 660 extra trips by car to recycle plastic and 120 trips to the tip per year. That’s just one small street, what does this add up to per city?  Or per country. It makes my reusing of glass jars and changing to energy saving light bulbs pointless.


The future

Did you see the the UN climate conference in Copenhagen? Did you notice how the world leaders all jetted in to save the planet? Couldn’t they have done this by video conferencing or made some gesture that they really care about the environment.  In the hall where they all made their speeches there were so many lights in the ceiling you could have probably lit up a small town. The best way they could have helped the planet cut back on its carbon footprint, would have been not to hold the conference. I suppose we have to be thankful that they are talking about the problem and pray it is not just more hot air. However I get the feeling if they do decide on something it will be you and me that will be expected to do something for the environment and not them.


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    • jayjay40 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Bristol England

      Thanksa for the comment Goodpal. I've read your hub and put a link to it, I thought it was a very well written piece. Well done

    • Goodpal profile image


      7 years ago

      A really great hub on a very relevant topic. I have a similar hub, you might like it.

    • jayjay40 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Bristol England

      Thanks Dale, you are so right about the people who could make a difference-they need to take some action now.

    • Dale Mazurek profile image

      Dale Mazurek 

      8 years ago from Canada

      I enjoyed reading and remembering how things used to be like taking bottles to the corner store.

      However you are right and this is a serious problem that people seem to be ignoring.

      Whats really scary is the people who really could make an impact are the ones who make great claims but we all know they are just masking solutions.

      This is a great hub and it is now up listed on my blog



    • jayjay40 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Bristol England

      I agree with you Paul I think this "throw it away attitude" is going to cause problems for future generations

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      Paul Scanlon 

      8 years ago from Birmingham, UK

      Another great hub jayjay. But don't get me started on plastic wrapping!. At least the supermarkets are trying to reduce the pastic bags we use - pitty about all the other wrappings.

      I think our generation will not be looked kindly on in the future.

    • D.A.L. profile image


      8 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Nice to meet someone who shares my views on the environment and cares deeply enough to put thoughts into words. Thank you.

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      Derek James 

      8 years ago from South Wales

      Well said, jayjay. You've hit the nail on the head.And what did those politicians achieve in Copenhagen? Absolutely nothing!!

    • jayjay40 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Bristol England

      Thanks for the comment 2uesday, we are custodians and must learn to share the world with all creatures

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      8 years ago

      Great hub jayjay - you know I do not think the world leaders worry about how they will expalin to future generations what they let happen to this planet. We should all including them - be aware that we do not own it- we are 'custodians of it' until we pass it on to future generations. Lets hope it is not too late- what ever is causing the problems.. to make things better. Sorry about the length of this. Good to read hubs like this, thanks jayjay.

    • jayjay40 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Bristol England

      Thanks guys for reading my hub. I would like to say to MrWerd that I believe mankind has had a negative affect on the planet with pollution, landfills, and the destruction of animals natural habitate, however I think global warming is a natural cycle that the Earth goes through. I agree with nextstopjupiter that our leaders need to be recycled and do something for once.

    • nextstopjupiter profile image


      8 years ago from here, there and everywhere

      First of all, we should start to recycle our "leaders" who only react and never act.

      Thank you for this hub!

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      8 years ago

      Great hub. Isn't it ironic that the ones with more wealth (and I include all of us that use electronic goods in that) are causing a problem that can be felt worldwide.

      I also find it interesting that there seems to be some "spin" about whether man has actually affected the climate or not. What's your view on this?


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