My name is Andy Pollock, I live on Buckflats outside Houston, B.C. I am 77 years old thus I have very little to gain from saving the planet.
I hear a lot of talk about saving the planet, helping the ecology and reducing the carbon problem. Well Planet Earth crew members, the situation is not going to cure itself. Among my considerable circle of friends and acquaintances I hear a lot of talk, but virtually no action. I’ve asked friends if they love their children, the answer is always a resounding yes.
When I follow up by asking what they are doing to help preserve the planet I hear a resounding silence. 6-7 bags of garbage a month, no attempt at reduction, multiple vehicle trips to town or other places for one or two items instead of making a list and one trip a week. No efforts at car pooling, complaining about the price of fuel but no down sizing of vehicles. Moaning about the cost of food, but no effort to grow a garden, do canning, preserving and pickling. Buying groceries day to day instead of bulk buying things like flour in 20 Kilo bags, rice, beans, cornmeal, barley etc., large containers of molasses, cooking oils, case lots of nearly everything at considerable saving in cost not o mention time and fuel. Items broken and thrown out instead of repaired and reused. Buying cheap breakable throwaway items instead of good quality items that will last for years. Being brainwashed into buying what’s in style instead of buying sensible long wearing clothes that are functional instead of pretty. Turning up the thermostat instead of putting on a sweater.
Change over to power smart light bulbs, unplug your power vampires like the TV, video units and other electronic products when it’s not being used, but draws power. Turn off lights when leaving rooms for more than a few minutes. I did most of the above mentioned hydro savers and cut my bill by close to $50.00 on my following hydro bills.
By cutting back on your garbage you’re going to save money on gas, time, wear and tear on your vehicle and probably your wife’s vocal chords. “George, TAKE OUT THE GARBAGE!”
In short its time you put your money where your mouth is.
A Disgusted Senior
P.S. The world doesn’t owe you a living. It’s time you started looking after it as it is the only world we have.