Current Event: A wildfire that began in Arizona “jumped” the Colorado River, entering California. Two mobile home parks were evacuated, as firefighters from both states worked to subdue the flames. 12,000 acres were approximately burned in San Bernardino County. The probable cause was 10 mph to 15 mph winds pushing the fire north, mixing with 90+degree temperature, low humidity, and dense vegetation drove the fire to rapidly spread. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is working all hours to mitigate the impacts of now 14,000 acres of damage.
“Americans make more trash than anyone else not the planet, throwing away about 7.1 pounds per person per day, 365 days a year. Across a lifetime that rate means, on average, we are each on track to generate 102 tons of trash.”- This fact is completely appalling and disappointing, but in no way surprising. America produces a gargantuan amount of trash, accounting for 2.3% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Like Krygier said the other night, these sort of facts appall people at first glance, and we have a freakout about our failing future on earth, but then these facts simply diminish as we throw away a pound of trash from our three-course lunches.
Bringing up that “Each of our bodies may occupy only one cemetery plot when we’re done with this world, but a single person’s 102-ton trash legacy will require the equivalent of 1,100 graves” made me realize that we are being unfair to our earth. Is it the consumers fault for using the products? Or the companies that produce the producrs that become future trash? For Humes to use the world “legacy” in relation to a 102-ton count of trash per person is humiliating. We don’t realize the consumption of our materialistic ways until we die. The things we leave behind are only going to be things, and soon remaining family only throws out our prized possessions, turning everything into “trash”.
“Much of that refuse will outlast any grave marker, pharaoh’s pyramid or modern skyscraper: One of the few relics of our civilization guaranteed to be recognizable twenty thousand years from now is the potato chip bag.” This made me cringe. The potato chip bag is something that companies have aimed to make biodegradable or so they say. A chip bag houses a small amount of food, volume wise and weight wise, making it something that is used for about 5 minutes, and then trashed right away. Just to think how many are used in school lunches every day, is, again, cringe worthy.