It's not JUST about whether there's a great effect or not right now, nor whether you'll be around or not. The fact is a person still contributes to the environment, in a negative or positive way.
I'm not saying we shouldn't care about other things like solutions for food shortage or other concerns. Of course all those other thing are also very important. But we should still recycle, and care about the issue of global warming. You don't have to spend ALL your time caring about global warming, of course not, and recycling is not a very hard thing to do. Not at all.
If you think of all the bottles and cans you toss in the garbage in a month, it adds up. Imagine how much it comes up to in a year. Do the math. Plus all the people doing the same thing. All that, is going to landfills.
That's how many you can keep out of landfills, IF YOU'RE DOING YOUR PART. It DOES make a difference.
Hey, just because you don't care about animals, doesn't mean they don't matter. It may not matter to you, but it MATTERS TO OTHER PEOPLE, AND TO THE ANIMALS. Those animals are losing their homes and on the verge of almost possibly going extinct. I'm not going to argue much more with you on it, but that's a fact. The least I can say on it, is your selfish about it. But fine ... that's your opinion.
So, what are you saying? That we should wait for extreme effects, like needing to live in a bubble dome or whatever? WHY wait until then? WHY NOT BEFORE ALL THAT HAPPENS. It's called PREVENTATION, and regardless of what's already been done, we can still do our part to reduce the effects of global warming or other concerns. I don't understand how you can't care about a future for your grandkids, and great grandkids. That future will affect them.
And in some way, it will affect you too. While you're still alive (and even when you're dead, you won't look so great if they ever realize their father or grandpa didn't care)
To start anything, revolution or not, any sort of change, needs to start somewhere, somehow. So what is your point? Of course I don't expect EVERYONE to care today, RIGHT NOW. But over time, they have to care. IT WILL MATTER. Maybe not today, maybe not tommorrow, maybe not even for a few years. But eventually ... it will. If you have a plan, and in this case, a plan to save the world in some way, then the sooner we start the better. Makes sense, right?
You might not think 5 years, or even 3 years, from now, would make a big difference. It might not, but if global warming or other concerns even went up a bit ... it didn't just go up by itself. You still had a part in it, even if small. Fact is, you have a choice, and you're either adding to the solution or not.
I don't know what the results of Earth Hour was. All I know is I did my part. I did my part because I cared.
I can understand in some way we all sometimes want to be credited, thanked or paid for, or recieve some kind of acknowledgement, appreciation or recognition. But this is not neccessarily one of those things. This is about a collective effort on the part of all of us, and about a BIGGER PICTURE. The BIG PICTURE IS A BETTER, GREENER, FRESHER WORLD WE CAN ALL LIVE IN, TO BENEFIT OUR HEALTH, ALL NATIONS, PEOPLE, ANIMALS AND BASICALLY ALL LIFE ON EARTH. Even if you only care about one of those things and nothing else, you have to do your part, and it affects you or not. By doing your "little part", you "benefit" from it in SOME WAY, IF NOT for anyone else's sake. The good thing is, it's not about money. It's something we can all benefit from, that doesn't neccessarily cost money.
In fact, you can save money by limiting how much garbage you put out. Because there's ALREADY a limit on the standard amount for garbage collection by city services. Over that, they charge for it. EVEN IF it was unlimited, it's still worse for the environment.
If EVERYONE was doing what you do, where would it all go? THAT'S ONE VERY, VERY MESSY, SMELLY WORLD FULL OF EXCESS WASTE. I'm not exactly sure how it all works in garbage management, all I know is filling landfills more than we need is not good. I know I can be keeping out SO MANY bottles, cans and other items just by recycling. THAT'S THE VERY LEAST I would know. I'm not saying it for a pat on the back. I don't need a trophy for it. I do it because I care.
I'm not saying you have to be environment friendly products ONLY, ALL THE TIME. There's likely always going to be some or at least a little garbage. But when you do buy environment friendly products, there's nothing hard about recycling, and you can feel good knowing you're "helping the world" in some way. But none of that counts, if you're not recycling or whatever. Because it's either going to go in the garbage, littered out there somewhere ... or recycled. The choice is yours, and I don't see what's so hard about recycling. All you have to know is what can be recycled, as well as try to make AT LEAST a bit more effort to be aware and environment friendly in other ways, whenever possible.
Bottles, cans, most glass and paper (unless it's soiled), coffee cups, cardboard, and some, if not all metals and plastic can all be recycled. What's so hard about that??? Even foam and cell phones can be recycled, although they have their own programs for it. So what if you have to send it somewhere, just to do??? It's not going to kill you, and doubt it would take all day. Can you not do that, for ONE day, once in a while?
THE REASON TO CARE IS NOT "supposed to be about all the people that don't care". Forget about the "mass" mentality, and UNDERSTAND WHY YOU SHOULD CARE. Instead of why they don't care. People don't care because they're lazy and ignorant.
You're either one or the other.
To say you want praise or great recognition for it, is just ridiculous. Everyone else knows that's not the point. The ones who don't care are just lazy, and the ones who care, don't need a clap or whatever just to properly manage their garbage and recycle, or whatever's good for the environment. Why? Because we understand it's a COLLECTIVE EFFORT ABOUT A BIGGER PICTURE. It's NOT JUST about ourselves.
Think about it, and have a good day, sir.
Edited by Goldencarp, 15 April 2011 - 12:28 AM.