I love that quote. So, please apply Ms. Kael's note to the following...
I was recently on my way to see the new documentary, Summer of Soul. So, I was chatting with my husband. You know, one of those conversations you have when you're in a car. I brought up the recent obsession with the planet Mars. Especially the obsession with Mars that seems to be possessing Rich White Men. There's a new Space Race; but instead of the moon, this time it's the Red Planet. Now, I'm all for space exploration and such-like. But the more I think about it; the more it seems to me to be phenomenal waste of money. I expressed this sentiment to my husband, who didn't disagree with me.
Now, he has The Shining. He's a Pisces. They are prescient. Clairvoyant. Soothsaying. Call it what you will. And it seems that after twenty some years, his Shining is rubbing off on me. During the movie, which is set in the summer of 1969, there's a segment where people at the Harlem Music Festival are being asked about the moon landing and why they're not at home watching it on TV. Many of them express the sentiment that going to the moon is a waste of time and money when the earth already has enough problems "down here"; and that that would be money better spent: on the planet Earth. We turned to each other in the darkness of the theater. But of course, we're both kind of used to that now. But still, it was exactly what we were talking about in the car.
But why Mars? Don't we have enough war down here?
You know, nowadays I'm afraid to go to the grocery store. No, it's not just the parking lot mass murderers; it's what's inside the store: PLASTIC.
Okay. So, if we look in Andy's shopping cart, the majority of the packaging is paper, metal and glass. In fact, I don't see any plastic packaging in his cart at all. I don't see much plastic on the shelves around him. If you took this same picture today...well, maybe it's not a good example. The Brillo pads still come in cardboard boxes. Campbell's soup remains the same. You can still get Coke in bottles. The Heinz Ketchup, today, would be plastic. The point is that almost everything nowadays is packaged in plastic. If you throw a plastic bottle in the woods, it won't biodegrade for another 400 years or so. At least paper, glass and metal eventually decay in a somewhat timely fashion. Toss some broken glass in the sea and you get beautiful sea-glass in a couple of years. Throw a plastic botte in the ocean and it will be there for several centuries.
Give Trees A Chance:
You know that Italian restaurant chain? The one that has plants and trees all over its roofs? Carrabbas?
Noiseless Biodegradable Plastic
But, anyways, I'm not the King of the World. But I can do what I can to help. I can plant trees. I can join Trees for A Green L.A. I can recycle plastic, even if its just tears in the ocean. I can let the property go fairly wild and not try to maintain a lawn. I can spread milkweed seed that I've collected and watch it grow along the roads in my neighborhood; thus, maybe helping a monarch butterfly or two. So I can do small things like that. And maybe if we all did small things like that, we can bring the temperature down.
Okay, I've vented. Time to go plant a tree.