Charge a refundable deposit on bottles and bags?

WE ARE ALL RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACCUMULATION OF PLASTIC WASTE IN THE WORLD!

WE use it, many just throw it away. That  is plastic container and bag products I’m talking about. Manufacturers manufacture it it, consumer product manufacturers put their products in it, and it goes out into the marketplaces of the whole world and WE buy it.  Then,  too many people carelessly dispose of it. Problem is it doesn’t go away! It is gathered and collected everywhere as it blows over the land, flows into our streams and rivers then into the oceans and out into the larger world.

The results of OUR using plastic packaging products can be seen everywhere- stuck to farm wire fences that the wind has carried off. We find it in our parks, in our schoolyards on our streets and in our waterways!

Fish, Whales , Albatrosses , Sea Turtles, Seals and many other living things either ingest it or are trapped by it; in any event it often times (not rarely)  leads to death of some living thing. It travels out of our waterways and into the currents of the world’s oceans there to be gathered and spun around over and over again into huge collections of TRASH, floating in ever larger pools in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Plastic pollution is so  prolifically found on many East African beaches that local impoverished women collect the more valuable of it for re-selling to re-manucturers. Beaches everywhere can be collecting points in any of the world’s oceans. On some small oceanic islands  plastic garbage is becoming the main feature.

Most politicians are not concerned about it. Some are but think there is not much that can be done about it. There are a few that care but not enough of them willing to stand up and fight this deadly problem.

In third world countries where plastic bags are used the people there are often most concerned about surviving that day and are not much disposed to concern themselves as to where the plastic throw-aways go.

And to think that it was not too many decades ago that plastic products in all its many manifestations were introduced into a willing world, and little by little it has come to the point where we are today! Second only, but barely, to climate change as a major world threat, plastic pollution is dramatically changing our world, and is threatening it. It’s turning our environment into something very ugly, it is killing  fish and birds and whales which unknowingly feed on the oceans  now often deadly resources.

There are so many waterways totally plugged up with floating and semi-submersed plastic debris in some third world countries that an unsuspecting traveler would be absolutely shocked to consider that this was even possible. First world countries are not exempt either as most industrial economies have been abusing our waterfronts and waterways in so any ways for hundreds of years dumping all kinds of crap into them even setting the rivers on fire, and are still unabashedly doing so.

Somebody one day thought putting toothpaste in plastic was a good idea.

WE NEED TO PRESSURE OUR GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES, CONSUMERS GOODS MANUFACTURERS AND PACKAGING PRODUCERS to get much more creative about packaging and get very much more interested in the current world situation in this regard.

Lets start by passing legislation in every country requiring a refundable deposit on plastic containers, bottles and bags. Sounds like a big order. YES, it surely is, but it it is doable if the worlds’ people decide they want a change…

…LETS HELP THEM DECIDE!

TM

HUMAN IMPACT IN GALAPAGOS!

In July 2015, I volunteered for a month on the island of San Cristóbal, the most eastern of the Galápagos Islands. The project, organized through Projects Abroad, focused on environmental conservation. It partnered with local national park authorities to help with various tasks: monitor sea lion populations, aid staff at the local tortoise breeding centre, collect trash from beaches, and remove invasive plant species from various areas around the island. Human interaction with the environment can often have negative repercussions; this is seen all over the world, and highlighted in this post with examples of invasive plant species introduction and risk to wildlife. So let’s talk specifically about marine life, and the thing that affected me most during my stay on San Cristóbal: the sea lions, and the effects of human interaction. By Leandra Rhodes

via Human Impact on the Galápagos Islands — Words Over Water

This video says about itself: 2 November 2017 Researchers at the University of Zurich have discovered a new species of orangutan. The new species, Pongo tapanuliensis (Tapanuli orangutan), live in remote areas of rainforest in Batang Toru, on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. From ScienceDaily: Newly discovered orangutan species is ‘among the most threatened great […]

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Illegal logging poised to wipe Cambodian wildlife sanctuary off the map – Mongabay.com http://bit.ly/2JgIPbU Illegal logging poised to wipe Cambodian wildlife sanctuary off the map Mongabay.com Beng Per Wildlife Sanctuary has lost more than 60 percent of its forest cover since it was established in 1993, with most of the loss occurring since 2010. Superforest via […]

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This 2011 video from Canada says about itself: Woodland caribou numbers are declining across Canada. Five key threats have been identified for populations found in the mountain national parks of Banff, Glacier, Jasper and Mount Revelstoke. Parks Canada is working hard to reduce these threats and keep woodland caribou on the mountain landscapes. From the […]

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In “‘Protecting forests is crucial to cure pandemics,’ indigenous leaders say,” Melissa Vida (for Global Voices) has a conversation with Bribri leader Levi Sucre Romero about climate change, deforestation, and other serious issues brought about by predatory development models in Costa Rica and the Americas in general. Sucre Romero is leader of the Mesoamerican Alliance […]

via “Protecting forests is crucial to cure pandemic,” Bribri leaders say — Repeating Islands

Having had time in the previous evening to analyze my attempt to find wolves in northwestern Colorado I was nonetheless not sure what plans I should make for this day. I could repeat my search in the same area. Or I could go north, south, east or west. It was very possible that I was […]

via In Search of Wolves, Day 3 (Craig, Colorado, Brown’s Park National Wildlife Refuge, Cold Spring Mountain; Hiking Limestone Ridge) – March 07, 2020 — Rocky Mountain Hiker