rainnnaturelover is starting to move forward to a more environmentally friendly life
I agree that we must each work hard to reduce our consumption. Living in the United States I often make the comment that we are the most wasteful country on the planet. I don’t know if its factual, but I state this in just terms of items that are not being used. Department stores with clothes that will never sale, and then be trashed, as one article a year or so ago stated, that some stores intentionally damaged their own goods to make sure others never used them. Vehicle lots with cars that will never sell. Excess packaging, and baggage. Leftovers after dinner that just get scooped into the garbage disposal. Paper that is printed on to be read and quickly recycled, instead of simply placing in an email or overhead display. Mass mailings of junk mail, and lights left on in rooms and companies, needlessly. There are closed down businesses in town, where the buildings are empty, but the lights have been on for months. Big box stores that leave every television on as an example, and every light on, even though there are no customers in the store. Even at my own workplace, where they want to reduce costs, they wont allow us to bring in a lamp with a single bulb instead of using our overhead lights or natural lights from outside. I am only allowed to have my overhead lights off when I have a migraine (which usually occurs on sunny days :D with the most natural light). It’s worth faking a migraine to get some natural light in here. I was reading an article about one way to reduce emissions would be to turn off your car and enter the building when going through a drive through. I was thinking, if this would help so much, why don’t we outlaw drive thru windows? I think if we multiplied the number of cars by the number of restaurants by the number of cities who visit fast food every day, we would reduce a lot of pollution, and if we remove the drive through windows, we might also reduce the consumption of meals in these facilities, which often lead to obesity.