Monday was Earth Day. I don’t really recall what happened in 1970 at the first Earth Day; I was 11 years old at the time. Yes, that’s old enough to be aware, but I’m not sure that I was.
This year, our city had an Earth Day celebration at Eagle Marsh. My son’s Earth Scouts group handed out reusable shopping bags with info on why one-use plastic bags are not good for the environment. It’s a project they’ve been working on for months. Since they started the project, I’ve noticed more and more plastic bags caught in trees. Once, I saw a squirrel try to eat a bag or pull it from the branches it was stuck on.
We try to never accept plastic bags when we shop. Admittedly, we’re not perfect. And our newspapers come in plastic sleeves almost daily. Yes, we subscribe to not one, but two newspapers. I feel fortunate to be living in the United States’ smallest two-newspaper city. Many cities that are much larger do not have two daily newspapers, but I digress.
Back to plastic bags. Do you use plastic bags when you shop? Or do you bring your own reusable bag? May I encourage you to shop with reusable bags?
While out at Eagle Marsh celebrating Earth Day, I picked up a flier with the following statement: “Meat’s not green.” And on the back, is a quote from Sir Paul McCartney: If everyone wants to save the planet, all they have to do is just stop eating meat. That’s the single most important thing you could do.” I want to figure out how to highlight this quote on this blog.
Monday night, I saw this video. It’s long (80 minutes), but it shows why what Sir Paul said is so accurate.