There is a Native American saying that states “we do not own the earth we borrow it from our children”. Too often, we forget that the earth is not our own to do with what we want , but rather, a place we share with others. It is our responsibility to treat her with respect and reverence.
Otherwise, we will leave our children weighted down with insurmountable problems, not of their own making. But rather, forcing the ramifications of decisions and choices of those who lived for short term solutions without consideration of long term effects. Unfortunately, believing that we have the right to do what is expedient and therefore, making us more important than what comes next. The ripples made today travel far into the future of the earth.
Over 80,000,000,000 aluminum soda cans are used every year. This number does not include any OTHER kind of can used, simply 80 billion soda cans.
The average employee consumes 2.5 beverages a day. This number does not include any other person who consumes beverages in any given day. What is the true number of beverages consumed by people each day?
The energy saved by recycling one aluminum can a day will run a TV for three hours. Imagine what recycling more cans each day could do.
DO: recycle aluminum beverage cans, metal food cans, tinned steel food and drink cans, clean disposable aluminum bake ware, glass bottles and jars IF they cannot be repurposed.
DO: empty and rinse all containers
DON’T: recycle used/dirty aluminum foil, bulky items-breakdown boxes, electronics or computer parts .
CONTACT: Your county and/or city on ways to recycle computer parts, batteries, and other items. AND for the proper way to dispose of paint and other chemicals safely and properly. http://cuyahogarecycles.org/
Shop wisely with reusable bags, size matters when considering packaging, simplify your life, and recycle! reuse, repurpose, and then, recycle.
Remember we have but one planet to preserve and protect. What do you want to be your legacy?
It appears that what I thought is a Native American quote is not. Actually no one knows who to attribute it. And the quote should probably be we do not inherit the earth from our fathers, but borrow it from our children. There is just something in my bones that believes that the origin would be Native American. Someone closer to the earth than anyone else would be. Granted, a conservationist would believe that this is how our relationship with the earth should be handled, but I guess I was posting my own sense of reality rather than what is known. I knew I should have researched that quote last night.