For Children's Day, we assigned homework: write a letter to a child about the state of the environment. We said we'd give extra credit to those who sent us a copy so we could run it here at the Green Light Dhaba. We got our first submission last week from the Plasticgraduate, a wise ass blogger from the USA who's a regular at the Dhaba. If you haven't checked out his blog, you should. You might start with his post on dogs.
And if you've been meaning to send us a letter, but just never got around to it, it's not too late; go ahead and mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
People will tell you many bad things about our family and plastics. It is our cross to bear.
Plastics has made our family a fortune in the high three figures. However, people will blame it for myriad environmental problems. Pseudo-scientific journals like Scientifc American will state that 270 million metric tons produced annually is the cause of much suffering and irreparable environmental damage. Worst of all, they will challenge your manhood by telling you that BPA in plastics causes erectile dysfunction.
But there is always something you can do.
Do you remember our survival trips in the back country when I left you on the mountain top with nothing but a canteen and a compass? You never left a trace in the wild. You always left your campsite cleaner than you found it.
Approach life the same way: leave no trace. Leave the world better than you found it. If somebody else makes a mess - and they will - just pick up their crap. Recycle, Reuse, or - better yet, don't buy it in the first place.
How can you accomplish this? Figure it out. In the far off land of India, according to that liberal rag, the New York Times, they are making roads out of plastic bags. Other people make art from trash. There's always something you can do.
Finally, If you decide to have children, teach them how to care for the earth. This knowledge is one of the most important gifts you can give.