I was standing in line at the grocery store yesterday and wondered what I could do right then to help. I decided to chat with the next person in line. I simply turned to the person and said, "Hi! Darn, I forgot my reuseable bags today. Did you know . . .
- An estimated one million birds and 100,000 turtles and other sea animals die of starvation each year after ingesting discarded plastic bags which block their digestive tracks.
- A person uses a plastic carrier bag on average for only 12 minutes; in contrast, a plastic bag can take between 500 to 1000 years to break down in the environment.
- There is now six times more plastic debris in parts of the North Pacific Ocean than zooplankton.www.acfnewsource.org/environment/plastic_plankton.html
- At least 267 different species are known to have suffered from entanglement or ingestion of plastic marine debris.www.worldwatch.org/node/5565
- Instead of using a bag I asked the checker to simply put everything back in the cart since I have bags in the car. Then, I bagged my own groceries when I got to the parking lot.
- My next few blog posts will focus on a series of suggestions, litlle changes that anyone can and should make in their dailiy lives that will have great impact in our community and in our world.
Here's a list so far:
- Talk to people and convince at least one person to refuse a plastic and paper bag today.
- Convince that one person to convince at lieast one other person and pass it on . . .
What simple things can you do?