(Written on June 9, 2014)
I'm on the plane flying back from Tennessee at the moment, and we just flew over the Grand Canyon on our way to our layover in Los Angeles. Even from the sky, it's only possible to see just a portion of the immense crevice, for lack of a better descriptive word. Having visited the canyon in 2011 for only a short couple hours, I yearn to go back so I can simply sit and stare at the beauty created by natural forces. This is a natural site that I think everyone should visit at some point in their lives, as I feel that looking across the canyon, and contemplating the time and energy and power it took for the earth to create such an amazing site, will help humans understand what we should be working to protect.
The environmental acts required as part of Aim High's 1st Degree Black Belt requirements are so very important. Of course, there are natural occurrences and forces in the world that also cause destruction to the earth, however, humans are by far the most destructive influence on our planet. Our resources are limited, and our space is limited, yet our population keeps growing, and our possessions keep growing, and our garbage keeps growing.
Science has progressed leaps and bounds, and many people have become much more environmentally conscience, however, I still feel there is so much waste and people still ignore so much when it comes to taking care of the earth. Recycling, sustainable business practices, donating items instead of tossing them in the trash, seeking out alternative forms of energy, buying hybrid vehicles.all of these things are available to us, yet so many people still do not take advantage of them.
I find myself frustrated at not being able to easily find a recycle bin in Nashville, and knowing that my sister does not have recycling at home, or that cities in places like the Yakima Valley in Washington state, and Indonesia do not have a widespread recycling program yet. Living in a place like the Portland Metro Area, it's easy to recycle, and sustainable practices are everywhere, but the more rural and less modern a city is, the less likely there will be a place to recycle.
One of the most frustrating aspects of this situation is that all of the places I mentioned above have McDonald's, and Coke, and Pepsi, and many other corporate entities that bring in the products that need to be disposed of, yet there seems to be little concern by these companies as to what happens with their product's packaging material after it has been sold. I'm not saying that Coke is responsible for the installation of a recycling program wherever it sells its product, however, perhaps if these companies were more publicly supportive of recycling, perhaps the consumers who buy their products will be as well.
I apologize this kind of turned into a rant, but I just kind of let things flow.the next step will be to find a possible solution and act on it, as well as research how accurate my perspective on the situation really is.