His words : we all think our actions are trivial, 100,000s of trivial actions are not trivial.
Each small thing we do has an impact - let's make it a positive one.
For me my plastic journey started with plogging about 4 years ago, back then I just picked up trash because I didn’t want it on the streets. A friend mentioned it to me and then off I went running with the idea, then walking and scooting and picking it up wherever I could.
Then somehow or other a few years later, there I was standing, stomping and squatting in a brick square full of plastic - bags, coffee sachets, straws, bottles, crisp packets, noodle wrappers - it was like leaves in England in autumn as I kicked the plastic around to find PE plastic underneath. Medang4change, looking for the right fuel for our pyrolysis machine.
It was bizarre, the irony that some kids do play in plastic playgrounds.
I left Medang mid July and on my return journey I started researching plastic more, learning about it and what we can do and trying to figure out how to create that desire to change... In the coffee shop every table had at least 1 plastic item on it. As I sat and waited in Jakarta for my last flight I look about and all I can see is plastic.
EVERY TABLE HAD A PIECE OF PLASTIC ON IT....
How much plastic do coffee shops produce? Why not use china mugs? Too much washing up?... straws galore.
At the airport, takeaway food in polystyrene containers. Now all I think about is the chemicals leeching out into the food, into the 'eater's' body, affecting their health and then where that container will end up...... incinerator, land fill or the ocean.?
The single serve water cups....with their little straw to go pop... in offices, on the ferry, in schools....
Things seriously need to change if future generations stand a chance of a healthy life on a healthy planet and if the planet stands a chance of thriving again. Humans may not survive much longer if we continue this way and part of me doesn't think we deserve to given how we treat each other and our planet.
As much shit as we’ve done, and the amount of awful things that happen in the world every day, humans are also AMAZING. We have the ability to create, innovate, build and do so much good.
WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO DO SO MUCH GOOD.
Can we ??? Use our goodness for the good of all things living...
We all have the power, use it wisely to create change for the good of all.
PS just in case someone wanted to bring this up.....
I appreciate that I take flights, I do my best to reduce the amount I take by taking a train or ferry instead of another flight. As I said I am not squeaky clean but I am doing the best I can with where I am, not everything is so easy to do something about.