Monday, October 15, 2007

 

Blog Action Day


Well, it took something as large as Blog Action Day to get me out of my torpor and post something again. I am just going to ramble on jotting down thoughts on the environment as they come to me.

A few years ago I wrote and recorded a tongue in cheek piece about Toronto's recycling program - you can listen to it here.

But in actual fact, I am quite pleased that I live in a city that gives me so many options to to contribute to recycling to decrease the amount of refuse that goes into landfills.

Our grocery stores now sell cloth bags to carry your groceries home in. My first thought was - uh oh - what will I use to scoop the doggie detritus. A colleague of mine mentioned that there are biodegradable poop bags now and I found them at the local pet store. Now not only will the contents biodegrade (is that a word?) but so will the packaging.

I get so upset when I see people toss things onto the streets and highways rather than disposing of them responsibly. My parents ingrained the importance of respecting the environment at a young age. Consequently my pockets are filled with bits and pieces of paper and other things waiting to be disposed of responsibly. It doesn't take much and it means so much.

I was very excited to notice a few houses in my neighbourhood with solar panels on the rooftops. When I lived in Israel, I heated my water through solar panels and it is very exciting to see these panels sprouting up here in Toronto. Unfortunately, the cost of converting is prohibitive at this time. Hopefully that will change in the near future.

I have spent time on Vancouver Island over the past couple of years. Virgin territory - it is so beautiful and pristine. Driving and hiking through the forests I saw signs of 'civilization' encroaching - golf courses, condo developments - people want to live there because it's so beautiful. But these 'improvement' are destroying that very beauty.

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