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4/30/2006

We're killing ourselves! w00t

Why is it that people look at the environment and kind of turn a cold sholder to it, and shudder at this word sustainability. The amount of places you can find that are devoting serious time and effort to a sustainable global society are ranging in such great range that one must wonder why we're not all taking it more seriously. I'm going to link to a few large scale sustainability projects that stress the need for global change.

The man who opened my eyes up the most to sustainability was the eco man himself, David Suzuki and his Sustainability Within a Generation project. His main areas of concern include: All of these things are poorly managed in Canada due to a majority of reasons, some that Canada can not help, like geography, climate, topography..etc...as well as things we can manage such as our economic structure and public policies.

The objectives of the Save the Earth Foundation include:

To fund environmental research projects

To provide factual and educational information to the public about issues relating to the environment

To raise the level of environmental consciousness

The Save the Earth Foundation is a non- profit organization devoted entirely to promoting sustainability. Their contributions, though not enormous, are benefiting environmental research in many places most recently a grant at UCLA for $172, 656 for the environmental science and marine biology department, and one at the University of Washington for $64, 908 to study foresty resource inventory. The Kleercut Project...
Kleenex, one of the most popular brands of tissue products in the world, contributes to the destruction of ancient forests. Its manufacturer, the Kimberly-Clark corporation, has been unwilling to improve its practices, continuing to rely on paper and pulp made from clearcut ancient forest including Canada’s Boreal forest. Kimberly-Clark clears these ancient forests, essential in fighting climate change and providing home to wildlife like caribou, wolves, eagles and bears,into products that are flushed down the toilet or thrown away.
is more devoted to deforstation, but partially devoted to sustainable uses of forests. There are many other option when it comes to forest production as an alternative to clearcutting areas down. Replanting has to be done to ensure a high enough concentration of trees in our future. If you read more about the problem then you'll be exposed to the issue of Kleenx using pure fiber for its products, and some shocking statistics, for example, it takes 90 years to grow a box of kleenex. And unlike many sustainability sites, this one offers solutions.

Did you know?

If each household in Canada replaced one box of virgin fibre facial tissue with a box of tissue made from 100% recycled fibre, we could save:

  • 11,654 trees
  • 853 cubic metres (1100 cubic yards) of landfill space equal to 48 garbage trucks
  • 15.9 million litres (4.2 million gallons) of water, or a year’s supply for 32 families of four

If sustainability were an issue meant for use to shurg our shoulders at these people wouldn't be devoting great time, money and effort towards its promotion and implimentation. I highly recommend that everyone read up on this severe issue, that is only going to be paining us more and more as we move on into the future. The consequences could be huge if we don't do anything. I read somewhere once an anecdote relating to an environmentalist and a capitalist. The capitalist was driving the car straight towards a lake and the environmentalist was screaming at him to turn the car, but the capitalist ensured the environmentalist that all was going to be okay, just as they are about to drive into the lake, a dock is built and the capitalist laughs and says "See technology saved us!" and by the time he ends that sentence they have driven off of the dock and into the lake... As a follow up to this post, my brother read it, and ended up buying me recycled toilet paper and kleenex! Also a couple of organic clothes. big *hugs* to the big bro for the very kind gesture and for letting me know that my words of warning and concern don't always fall on deaf ears! :) - Kian
|| Kian, 12:52:00 AM