In a meeting at a co-working space to talk about environmental issues, Good Men Project contributor Jonathan Levy picked up a bowl of candy from the coffee table that was set out for guests. Each candy was individually wrapped.
“And then you have THIS,” he exclaimed in frustration setting the bowl back down. “Plastic that is designed to be used for one single time. But that piece of plastic will last forever.” I sighed in agreement.
“Despite enormous efforts,” Jonathan continued, “Most plastic is never recycled. And incinerating it hurts the atmosphere. Plastic is created for the one use, thrown away, and lasts virtually forever on the planet.”
Now watch the video below, which shows what happens when you sift a random portion of a beach in Hawaii. The video has been called “mesmerizing“— but not in a good way. Unless it spurs us to action.
Kailua Beach this morning during the @kitv4 Good Morning Hawaii Show. Tomorrow we’ll be building a few of these at the @hnltoollibrary at @reusehawaii from 2-5. We’ll need them for Earth Day on April 22nd at Waimanalo. See you there!! Link to Earth Day event in profile. #sandsifter #microplastic #mesoplastic #oceanplastic #cleanyobeach #kailuabeach #earthdaynalo #plasticpollution @parley.tv @kccnfm100 @firstinshi
Let’s not forget the how life imitates art.
A short blog post by Seth Godin is called “Who cut down the last tree?” He talks about Easter Island, and how, when the people who lived on the island cut down the last try, the country descended into chaos, the food chain was broken and the population was extinct. Seth’s point was that by the time you cut down the last tree, it is already too late. Who is going to stand up and say “No!” to the second to last tree, or the third to last? Who is going to say “No more!”.
Who indeed? Never forget that it is up to us.
(For a more detailed look at exactly how the population of Easter Island disappeared after the last tree was cut down, read this brilliant article by Jared Diamond.)
So, what to do, what to do? Mobilize. It really is that simple. Mobile, take action—destroy a future of plastics and don’t let them cut down that last tree. Here are some ways:
Join our Environmental Activism Facebook Group. We are going to start weekly phone calls for environmental actives as soon as we get enough people raising their hands. Join us!
Want to join people across the US in support of The People’s Climate March? 350.org is having an organizing call on April 12th.
The Peoples Climate March is a full-scale mobilization to defeat Trump’s fossil fueled agenda, push forward our own vision of a clean energy economy, and build real political power. It’s happening on April 29 in Washington DC and across the USA.
100,000 people have already signed up to march. 250 sister marches are being planned across the country. Students, workers, faith communities, Indigenous nations, and environmental groups are all joining together to make this day historic – there’s even a delegation of fisherman traveling to DC by boat.
Want weekly calls to discuss Environmental Activism? So do we! Click below to join our email list and receive information about our next set of weekly calls.
Find out more about the Carbon Bubble so you can help take an economic stance that will benefit the environment. Read:
Global Warming and the Carbon Bubble: A Reality Check by Carol Bluestein
The Smokestacks Come Tumbling Down by Alex Steffen
Photo: Plastic, L. Hickey, Easter Island, Nicolas de Camaret / flickr
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