reply to post by redrose123
I once had a debate with a green activist not that I am against saving the planet. However all of this makes my case when I said that that no
matter what we do as individuals until the focus is placed on the major problems we are wasting our time. No one wants to focus on the major things
because it will affect everything about our way of life.
We indirectly control the big problems through our giant consumption habits! Stop buying so much gas, stop buying disposable plastics, stop buying
Stick to the basics from 50 and 100 years ago, and if enough of us do it, then the corporations lose, and the environment wins.
People used to use glassware, and silverware. They recycled it automatically, it wasn't some new fad, it was just the way of life. Nothing went in
the trash. If you bought a jar of pickles, you saved the jar and used it for jelly, or nailed the lid under a shelf in the garage and used it to
store nails and screws.
Don't buy cheap pressed-wood furniture, buy the real wood furniture, and when it gets old refinish it, or reupholster it. Don't throw it out.
Don't buy $19.99 shoes at WalMart every 4 months. Instead, buy a decent $150 dollar pair of shoes, take care of them, and once every few years, get
them conditioned at a cobbler. Pay for them once, don't pay for them over and over and over and over.
You can save money over the long-term, always have top-notch stuff, look and feel rich, protect the environment, defeat the corporations, and set a
good example for future generations if you just stop consuming, and start buying quality items and then conserving them.
Each of us as individuals are still the problem. Corporations, and pollution, and deforestation are all a result of our disposable lifestyle and
consumptionism. We can't blame them, until we stop playing their game. We hold the purse strings.
BTW, I had some awesome Gulf Grouper last weekend! It came just off shore at St. George Island and it was delicious! I've been eating Redfish and
Flounder as well. The fishing is good, the fish look healthy over here, and I'm not stopping until it kills me. I've also visited my buddy at the
Gulf Coast Specimen Lab
, and he has seen a random concern or two, but nothing significant yet. He
is diving in the Gulf 3 to 5 times a week, and collecting samples of sea life, and all is good so far over here in the Big Bend area.
It is true what they say about the fishermen stopping to collect the big BP paychecks though. I know a lot of them that did that very thing. I think
that is why the fishing has been so good lately.