It’s one thing for us environmentalists to preach energy conservation and efficiency. It’s another thing for the top retired US military leaders to call for “immediate, swift and aggressive action” to reduce oil consumption. This is good to see. Maybe they’re not looking at it from the same environmental perspective, but they’re discussing it nonetheless!
What this tells me is that once you move beyond the hyper-partisanship we currently see, there are a lot of common issues. Motivations don’t necessarily need to be the same, but the intent to make things better for all of us needs to be the driving factor.
I had the great opportunity to meet Marcus Eriksen this past April at the Georgia EarthShare Earth Day events in Atlanta. If you don’t know who he is, Marcus is the guy who sailed from LA to Hawaii on a boat made of plastic bottles. His mission is to make people aware of the tremendous amount of plastic garbage in the oceans, specifically in what are called the gyres. Gyres are areas where currents come together to deposit the waste. Visit his website here.
I saw the headline below earlier: Green Chemistry Company Turns Ocean Trash into Plastic Bottles
The brand ‘Method’ has found a way to use that plastic found in the ocean gyres and recycle it into new bottles. Does it eliminate the problem of plastics ending up in the ocean? No. Is it a step forward? Yes!