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Sometimes I wonder why God made humans.
Really, we are the only creature on earth that makes a mess that is not biodegradable.
We have scattered nuclear waste all over the planet where it is probably leaking into water tables here, there and everywhere. We have created a plastic soup in the Pacific Ocean which is bigger than America. https://roslynmotter.com/2010/09/09/sailing-in-a-plastic-sea/
Go to Kerala, India and see the rubbish strewn on the sides of the road with goats rifling through it – not a pretty sight. I saw an ABC programme on Mumbai the other day which featured endless dumped garbage. India doesn’t seem to have a very efficient garbage collection system if in fact it has one at all.
The ocean is awash with our garbage and garbage tips are chockers.
What can we do with all the rubbish that billions of people create every day? Everything we buy in the supermarket is double wrapped in plastic wrap. There is no such thing anymore as a tub of onions or potatoes from which we fill our paper bags. No, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, oranges, lemons, apples and capsicums all come pre packed in plastic bags.
What happens to all that plastic?
If you buy take away food it comes in a plastic container with plastic knives, forks and spoons.
Anyway, not content with destroying earth, we have now turned our attention to outer space. According to the US Secretary of State, there are 500,000 pieces of space junk floating around in orbit. And guess what? We put them there.
What we really need is a planet where we can send space junk vehicles to throw all our plastic bags and nuclear waste.
We are really quite a disgusting lot. We have destroyed the water ways for marine life by flushing chemical contaminants in the water. Just two weeks ago the Sydney Morning Herald warned us not to eat fish caught west of Sydney Harbour due to contaminants in the water from the old Union Carbide factory. Apparently the damage to the water will not be easily rectified and the powers that be expect that the water will remain contaminated for decades to come.
Of course the same senario is being played out all over the world.
And let’s not start talking about oil spills! I’m surprised that there is a clean square metre of water out there – anywhere.
I wonder how much oil and plastic we are all consuming on a yearly basis via our sea food. I’m sure there is also a fair wad of chopped up plastic that gets fed to animals in their feed too.
I suppose the best we can do is make sure we reduce our litter but it’s a losing battle. I mean, how can we reduce our space rubbish?