In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.
The woman apologized to him and explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day."
The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment."
He was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.
Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottle over and over. So they really were recycled.
But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.
We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.
But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day.
Back then, we washed the baby's diapers 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 and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that old lady is right; we didn't have the green thing back in our day.
Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state ofMontana. In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used a wadded up old newspaper 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 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, and we replaced the razor blades 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 streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.
But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then?
Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smartass young person.
Wednesday, 27 July 2011
Tuesday, 26 July 2011
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded Delft University of Technology (TU Delft, the
) a grant to 'Reinvent the toilet'. Netherlands
Among independent films making their public debuts at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival last month was Climate Refugees, a film about the human, social and cultural impacts of populations forced to abandon lands rendered uninhabitable by global climate change.
Environmentally friendly prisons. Liberals think they're a no-brainer, right-wingers might view them as just another hand in the public purse. Do the world's incarcerated now have a responsibility to save the planet?
Sunday, 17 July 2011
is facing a rising flood risk and the warning signs are being ignored. The UK could be increasingly vulnerable to expected climate impacts including more floods, heat-waves and droughts, because the risks are not being taken fully into account in decisions on areas such as planning and water supplies UK
Global warming is being increased as the natural shields of the Earth are getting weakened gradually.
Robin Hood the fictional character, of myth and legend was possibly an Ecologist with a passion for his land and his one ambition in life was to save his home and his people, from those who would destroy it all.
Rudyard Kipling wrote a number of stories with nature as a backdrop. His two famous novels are Jungle Book and Kim. Visit this Squidoo lens and decide for yourself if the great story-teller Rudyard Kipling who grew up in
was an avid ecologist and environmentalist. In my opinion Kipling loved nature and gave nature a voice through his powerful stories, which have stood the test of time. India
Tuesday, 12 July 2011
Join tens of thousands around the world who have converted their cars into Water Hybrids
You can use regular tap water. No need for special water additives.
You will need very small amount of water 32oz or more - no refill needed for months
Other guides require you to install a 16 gallon water tank
You can slash your gas costs in half.
Save over 40% on fuel costs!
You increase your mileage and boost engine performance.
You produce cleaner emissions and you keep the environment clean.
No one really cares about the environment today!
I do not think that we are doing enough to save the environment.
Saving the environment is just a statement that people like to use to sound very noble.
For the Yanomami of the Brazilian Amazon, the spirit world is a fundamental part of life. Every creature, rock, tree and mountain has a spirit. Read more..
Are you willing to become a Green Champion and protect our Environment?
Beijing to , mysterious mannequins have been appearing all over the world. Who are these mysterious 水 Men and why do they wear only 水, the Chinese symbol for water? What exactly are these water warriors fighting for?” an Extract from the “Greenpeace Newsletter”. Join Today… Buenos Aires
Orphaned Elephants lead the way to Freedom
A Special Issue on elephants with some fantastic news about protecting this noble animal.Read the latest issue of the “International Fund for Animal Welfare” at the link given below:
Tuesday, 5 July 2011
A biocolour-producing bacterial strain has been found in the soil of the arid Banni region of Kutch district, which may find application in the dye-making industry. Read more...
A row has broken out over ragwort, the yellow flower , that is just coming into bloom across the countryside. Read more....