HERE ARE SOME FACTS THAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW: (Some of these shocked me)
* Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic water bottles every hour.
* Americans throw away 4,500,000 disposable razors in one day.
* Americans use over 100 billion soda cans every year.
* Every year Americans discard 380 billion plastic bags.
* Every year each of us tosses out 1,200 pounds of organic garbage.
* The U.S. produces 222 million tons of household waste a year.
I could go on, but the problem is one of perception and scale. We toss out one plastic bottle, or one little disposable razor, in our small trash container – so what?
I suggest that you drive (and take your grandchildren with you) to your local landfill and/or recycling center, and take a look! Better yet, take some photos and keep them posted at home – reminders. Here are some sites that will be helpful in getting you started:
FIND OUT HOW TO START A RECYCLING PROGRAM IN YOUR TOWN:
FIND OUT IF YOU HAVE “FREECYCLING” IN YOUR AREA: (It’s non-profit and all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills)
We can influence our grandchildren by example, but we can also get involved with their schools. So many schools are doing great projects already, but find out what’s going on at the schools your grandchildren attend, and get involved. Let’s do a reality check here, their parents don’t have time. Almost all of them are working. We need to get involved, and I won’t whitewash this, it’s going to be a lot of work, but get others involved too. If it’s already up and running, see if you can volunteer to help.
RECYCLE AT SCHOOL
dosomething.org (Look at this site with your grandchild)
waste free lunches (Remember when we took lunch boxes, and our sandwiches were in reusable plastic containers)
There are so many areas where we can initiate a project or volunteer to help an existing one. And, talk, talk, talk to your grandchildren. We can set up the greatest programs in the world, but if the young people don’t get it, we will ultimately fail. Educate them about the critical need to recycle.
And, remember that haunting question from the future (from our great great grandchildren) “Why didn’t you do something?”