|February 22, 2012||Posted by simply stephen under trash||
Impulsive behaviour is rampant. It’s contagious. It lurks in every corner. It’s spawns from the radio, television, web…and more. It’s everywhere. It controls so much of our every day actions. Actions designed to help you part with your money. To get things you don’t really need. To create desire. So impulse becomes your greatest enemy. […]
|February 17, 2012||Posted by simply stephen under trash||
After discussing a dozen obvious ways to reduce household waste, I thought it would be interesting to expand with some more creative less obvious (yet equally important) ways to reduce waste. The little things have a dramatic impact on the footprint you leave behind. trash audit – take a week to write down and review everything […]
|February 15, 2012||Posted by simply stephen under trash|
There are countless obvious ways to reduce household waste. Instead of wasting (sorry) time with a lecture of all the benefits to the environment and your household, let’s just take a minute and list some of key areas that will help you reduce your footprint. packaging – avoid excessive packaging or packaging of any kind. […]
|February 8, 2012||Posted by simply stephen under trash||
According to Stats Canada over 700 million batteries are sold annually and only 5% of those are rechargeable. But did you know that approximately 60% of those end up in the trash while only 25% dispose of them properly (the remaining 15% keep hold of them)? I’m not trying to use scare tactics or impose […]
|February 3, 2012||Posted by simply stephen under trash|
Zero waste is possible, it begins with you. There are many naysayers that spout all kinds of reasons why it’s not possible to eliminate pollution, reduce waste, change the government, drive alternatives, use sustainable fuel sources, eat organic and so on…but the truth is, anything can be achieved. When humans first walked on the planet, […]
|July 6, 2011||Posted by simply stephen under trash|
There are a few simple habits that take very little effort but have a massive impact on the environment. Some regions have implemented laws, while others have programs to encourage change. Furthermore, many companies offer incentives and savings if you participate. And yet, the majority of people, still refuse to take the time. The effort […]
|March 5, 2010||Posted by simply stephen under trash|
On Tuesday, I talked about the escalating problem of electronic waste and how product life cycle, including disposal and consumption habits are contributing exponentially. I have discussed consumption in great detail but for the last couple days, I’ve been contemplating actions that reduce electronic waste and how we can implement solutions. I’ve decided to create […]
|March 2, 2010||Posted by simply stephen under trash|
After talking about the merits and issues with online media, I thought I’d follow up with a quick overview on the hazards of electronic waste. These hazards have been posing a threat for several decades and most of us are oblivious – we turn our heads. As manufacturers produce more and more electronic equipment, computers, […]
|February 26, 2010||Posted by simply stephen under trash|
While the benefits are plentiful, there is also a burden of online media. There is a cost to using online media in the consumption of power. Much of that power is still fueled by traditional hydro generation including coal and water. Nuclear, though cited as clean has it’s dangers – just look at Chernobyl and […]
While the benefits are plentiful, there is also a burden of online media. There is a cost to using online media in the consumption of power. Much of that power is still fueled by traditional hydro generation including coal and water. Nuclear, though cited as clean has it’s dangers – just look at Chernobyl and 3 Mile Island!
That’s just the start. The conundrum. Without technology and growth we are unable to sustain our economy. That makes it hard to make a living. The poor suffer the most in this situation
While online media reduces paper and CO2, it also has a cost. Each computer uses 40-80 grams of greenhouse gas every hour. Read this CNN article on reading an article and take a look at the Wall Street Journal’s take on the impact of just searching on Google.
There is also the servers and pipelines scattered across the web that need to be accounted for. For every hour you access you are also using up the servers energy. Then there are the countless devices and gadgets, both mobile and stationary use. Using them may consume less energy but they have batteries, and production costs too – not to mention packaging.
Technology needs to be manufactured, marketed and distributed. With more technology and gadgets, consumers use more resources. Oh, and power needs to be consumed – at increasing levels!
so what are the environmental burdens?
- loss of habitat such as forests and watershed
- destruction of fragile eco systems (non reversible)
- global warming as a result of gas emissions
- contamination of water and land as a result of waste
- limiting or eliminating natural resources available
- imposing on a culturally historic or dependent society (to the land)
- removing resources for a community
- exploiting a community for labour and resources
Those are some of the big impacts.
but what can I do about it?
Many people ask this question and expect someone else to come up with the answer. I hear this answer a lot:
The government or big corporations need to come up with a solution
Here’s an eyeopener for you – Governments are designed to regulate and create policy. Corporations have to meet shareholders and owner goals of growth and wealth. That means they are not in it to find a solution for you – only one that meets their agenda!
Initiatives and ideas are the responsibility of everyone. That overused quote by Ghandi “be the change you want to see”, really is the solution. Every action and choice you makes is woven deeply into the earth’s destiny. If you want a solution – create one or participate in it. Spread the word and take ownership. We all need to become smart consumers to make the world sustainable.
What are you going to do?