I am a Greenie. I vote Green. I think Green and I practice green to a large extent. I am not perfect but I am concerned where my waste oil goes and I don’t burn treated wood or plastic and such. I compost. Recycle. That kinda thing. That does not make me David Suzuki but I am better than most, not as good as some. Gimme a B-.
But, as you know, we spent two months in SE Asia. That’s an eye opener and a nose-closer. Put succinctly, Bangkok produces more pollution in a month than does all of BC in a year. Even newly eco-conscious (it’s all relative) Hong Kong (and all of China has become more eco-conscious officially at least) produces more garbage and pollution per capita than does anyone in BC. I may be wrong in that metric but it sure seems that way. And they (Xi Jinping the newest dictator-for-life) are all talking like that. Asia is NOT environmentally conscious – not in a relative sense, anyway. But it is moving that way.
And, when I started to think about it, I wondered, “Where the hell does all their garbage go?” I do not know the whole of the answer but a large portion ends up on streets, ditches, canals and in neighbourhood heaps every now and then. The largest portion of Thai garbage ends up in the gulf of Thailand.
Thailand has a BIG waste disposal problem and it is only getting bigger every day.
Thailand is not the worst of the SE Asian countries but it is likely second after the Philippines (and China, of course, simply because of it’s size)
“What’s your point, Dave?”
I don’t have a good point. But this is true: whatever effort I make, whatever effort we all (in BC) make, none of it is a bucket in the ocean of garbage that is currently polluting everything globally and especially everything in the Far East. The world is awash in garbage.
“So, what is your point, Dave? I am getting bored……”
The point is: pollution and environmental degradation are now almost fully recognized as real issues that are threatening us all and yet, and yet……we are still NOT DOING anything about it in any significant way and the Trumpists are actually advocating for the opposite. “More oil! More coal! More and higher tariffs on solar panels! More industry and let’s throw in a war or two to jump-start the economy. Nuclear? Why the hell not!?”
And Canada? “More oil! Ship it to the coast. To hell with the environment, we need jobs.”
It is madness and we are being complicit because we don’t want to rock the boat. We don’t want to be uncomfortable even as we drown in garbage and watch the natural world crash and literally burn. Shouldn’t we at least write a protest to the imbecile-in-chief and the clown-prince of parliament?
But, maybe I am wrong? Maybe the whole world is going the way of Fresh Kills (the highest elevation on the US eastern seaboard is the garbage mountain in New Jersey called Fresh Kills). Maybe I should relax and simply watch as the natural world dies and Walmarts sprout up instead of trees, mountains of garbage replace the mountains torn down by strip mining and bottled water slakes our thirst instead of that from mountain streams.
Who am I to stand in the way of progress?
Well, I am not alone in passively standing up against it…read mark Boyle (he of the Moneyless Manifesto and now three other books). https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/19/a-year-without-tech-debt-gadgets-reconnect-nature
But, before Rachel and Justin sell us out completely, I strongly suggest they go for a swim in the Gulf of Thailand, a wade in the Yangtze or a dip in the Ganges. Let them bathe in the filth and toxicity that has become all too common around this world. Vacation in Bangladesh. Feed them sea food from Hong Kong Harbour. Please. Force-feed them if you must!
Do I think such an experience will open their eyes?
Of course not. It may blind them for a day or so and one large meal of it might even kill them but ‘change their mind’? Death is easier. There’s always hope.