Thanks for pointing out the show FRF, and the link RipTide.
I think that much of the clean up has been cosmetic, and the Exxon Valdez
spill still plagues parts of Alaska. What's happening in the Chesapeake Bay
is our fault, so let's make ourselves heard. I eat a lot of chicken from Pennsylvania, and every delicious bite is a bit hard to swallow knowing what
I know. Turning that knowledge into action can be tough, but a journey of
a thousand miles begins with a single step, and all that
As I fished the local lake this afternoon, I had to wonder if the the green
tide moving toward me was pollen, or something more sinister. It was pollen
for sure, but this is the fear many people have developed of nature! I was
watching a TV program last night, and they were showing the treatment
plant that removes rocket fuel from an aquifer
(somewhere in the U.S.,
and a HUGE amount of water daily).
What do I do to help? I make as few car trips as possible, and fish the local
waters as often as I can. The parking lot to a great creek is exactly one
mile frrom my driveway, and I'd much rather fish there than drive 100 miles
roundtrip to the stream my wife enjoys....??? I do all the other things we
all try to do to conserve energy at home, and I suspect that many do this
to save themselves money: an action that has monthly, tangible benefits.
If we could apply this same sort of thing to large sources of pollution, I'm
sure we'd see a drop. Rather than worrying about pirates, local, state, and
federal resources should be used to find a solution to chicken ****, etc.
I've mentioned in the "Made in China" thread that the large scale manufacturing that made America great, also resulted in horrendous pollution,
pollution that the Chinese are now enjoying
. Cleaner methods of manufacturing might bring some of those industries back here. Batteries are
one of the worst, and while we don't make many here, we throw them in
landfills by the zillions. Use rechargeables as much as possible. I have a few
handcrank LED flashlights, and they've come a long way in brightness.
I remember when seeing a family throw their McDonalds trash out of a moving
car wasn't any big deal. We still produce the trash (and then some!), however, but it's moved neatly out of sight....for now. The local landfill
began taking trash from New Jersey and New York, and looks like a mountain
range now.....SERIOUSLY! The water run-off from that mess goes directly
into the Delaware River. The landfill was built on the banks of the Delaware
below Trenton, NJ, and it's growing along the river. I see the little fish
symbols spray painted in front of storm drains, but if those people ever saw
the deluge of blue-green effluent run off the landfill, they'd leave their spray
cans at home.....etc......