“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”
Our times are those of natural crises arising out of human deeds; it is high time we are more conscious about the choices we make in our lifestyle.
As a result, books and material on cherishing resources and trying to harness cleaner and more sustainable resources have become the talk of the day. Say if you want information on how to cut down on your petroleum product consumption, 50 Simple Steps to Kick Our Oil Habit by The Green Patriot Working Group, is a good place to start.
Also (and the Pentagon agrees) the times ahead look bleaker: a new trend of possible resource wars might be coming.
Keeping the politics of the matter aside, one has to look towards making better choices in their own lives to curb pollution and resource scarcity among other things. Carpooling goes a long way for example.
White Pollution: The Vexing Problem Of Plastic Bags
What plastic bags come from is largely oil products. The USA alone consumes 4000 barrels of oil to produce plastic bags annually. That is a lot of oil going down drains and choking them, polluting the environment while killing thousands of creatures on the way.
On the quest to improve our ecological footprint, reducing plastic bags hence seems like the logical first step.
Currently, there’s a substantial patch of global garbage (including plastic bags), about the size of Texas, floating in the water off the California coastline.
“We are extracting and destroying the Earth to use a plastic bag for 10 minutes,” Stephanie Barger, Executive Director of the Earth Resource Foundation in California, has said.
Plastic bags after usage mostly find themselves in landfills where it takes them 1000 years to break down. While that is happening, however, they continue polluting the underground reserves by leaching. Otherwise, they clog up water bodies and choke animals who consume them by mistake.
The Advantages Of Renewable Energy
Coming to the topic of renewable energy, they not only help keep the environment clean but also have a positive effect on the economy by eliminating all the risks of resource scarcity and subsequent “resource wars”.
Resources like solar energy and wind energy also have close to no harmful by-products which cause global warming. For decades, climate science has been distorted and censored by the media in order to protect the interests of fossil fuel companies. To learn more about how this has been done, I recommend the book Censoring Science: Inside the Political Attack on James Hansen.
All this is besides, the various ecological implications that the explorative processes (for obtaining said oil) have on fragile ecosystems. For example, there is no way to clean an oil spill in the icy waters of the Arctic.
Maybe it is time we leave our national and political identities behind and concentrate on saving Mother Nature for a change, for ourselves and the generations to come.