To be effective in our solutions, we must outline the problems.
NOTICE- Corporate polluters and government regulations are the BIgger problem. They push "external cost" onto us with pollution and resource depletion. Until we unite and raise our own standards, we cannot demand action from the big guys. We cannot support bad products, and vote for ignorant politicians and expect change. This is a bottom up effort. we must start withourselves and our communities so that we can properly demand companies change their ways and government hold these massive polluters responsible...
Lets start from the beginning.
Johnson County landfill. Most material could be diverted to recycle and compost. LAZiness is the cause of this mess. No urgency to recycle or reduce consumption.
1. WASTE- USE OR EXPEND CARELESSLY, EXTRAVAGANTLY, OR TO NO PURPOSE.
To be less wasteful is better for our wallet and our lifestyle. To replace our overconsumption of cheap, toxic, single use products with higher quality products will save us money and give better quality to our lives. By raising our personal standards, we will be a model for ourselves and communities to be proactive with what we use and what we buy. Living a more sustainable life does not mean becoming a cave man and cutting the luxuries of our civilization.
2. POLLUTION- THE PRESENCE IN OR INTRODUCTION INTO THE ENVIRONMENT OF A SUBSTANCE OR THING THAT HAS HARMFUL OR POISONOUS EFFECTS.
We are all upstream. to be mindful that the world is downstream is a responsibility that we must accept. one concept of this is littering. "if it's on the ground it’s in our water". Raising awareness of our actions and the pollution we cause downstream is vital to the education process of sustainability
Mouth of the Amazon river from Iquitos Peru -
A lack of education & infrastructure. Companies ship products in town with no requirement to handle final waste. Leaving it to local amazon with no education or way to properly dispose.
We honestly do a really bad job at recycling which is why China stopped taking our stuff. Contamination is so costly that it's better to throw something in the trash than to externalize that cost onto companies to sort through our recycle bins. IN EXAMPLE: Eliminating food contaminated single use plastics, or products that were designed to be thrown away and introducing either compostable or reusable products help guarantee a successful recycling and compost bin.
3. CONTAMINATION. THE ACTION OR STATE OF MAKING OR BEING MADE IMPURE BY POLLUTING OR POISONING.
REMINDER : The consumer/individual is not the true cause of pollution and waste. But we are the solution.
We have created these 4 R's in response to these 3 problems.
4. Remember & Remind
Check out our tips from single use, to little changes in daily life so we can all LiveGreenkc.