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The Green Thing and not using plastic bags

This article makes it clear that energy consumption and its fall-out, pollution, have enormously increased over two or three generations, to a point where actions commonly recommended to minimise them, are laughably inadequate. It also highlights a tendency for one generation to be encouraged to blame another generation for overconsumption, rather than to blame the market system, which benefits from the social conflict.

In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.

The woman apologized to him and explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day."

He responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment."

He was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soft drink and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so the same bottles were used over and over. So they really were recycled.

But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.

But we didn't have the green thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby's nappies because we didn't have the disposable kind. We dried clothes on a line,not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their siblings, not always brand-new.

But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV or radio in the house, not several. And the TV screen was the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not as big as the size of a blanket!

In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us.

When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used screwed up old newspaper to cushion it, not styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn fuel just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But we didn't have the green thing back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water.

We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But we didn't have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the train or a bus, and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of their mums being a 24-hour taxi service.

We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint !

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then?

Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart ass young person.

Hhhh!.....The Green Thing

Source: Anonymously emailed article


This generation is one that is spoiled by gadgets, conveniences, greed and the desperate desire to grow and expand. We are like bacteria confined and manipulated to foolishly grow in a petri dish while the laboratory workers watch them enjoying the moments of growth, but knowing their impending doom when they reach the edges of the dish - and die. The victims merrily keep consuming, relishing in it through their ignorance.

The growth frenzy, and scale of environmental and species destruction due to one expanding species as opposed to natural disaster has never happened before on our planet. Except for rodents, there has never been a large species like humans that have had global dominance. It's scary, and our closed Earth's system is being devastated, depleted and overwhelmed.

September 7th is endangered species Day - the day the last Tasmanian Tiger died in Hobart, 1936. The extinction and number of endangered species in Australia continues to growth as humans proliferate.
We humans are ignorantly and fatalistically driving ourselves into the same predicament as the bacteria - enjoying the moments of growth and superficially reassurances that the planet will expand, but it won't and can't.

While we are distracted by such things are recycling, avoiding plastic bags, and pretending to be "green", the monsters of overpopulation, pollution and ecological overshoot will eventually be evident.