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Plastics and the Man in
This week EcoMotion Network News features perspectives on plastics: bags and bottles. Fantastic, our society is stepping up efforts to eliminate wasteful patterns. I flew to DC this past week and got some high altitude perspective on bags and packaging and my own complacency.
Short-lived products. Short sighted? Energy irresponsible, no doubt. Our society - and that be us -- has blessed consumption patterns that make little sense. With water, we've taken a most basic commodity, put it in tiny packages, sold it for obscene prices, and created massive wastes.
I fess up to my own complacency: I waste too and conveniently overlook it. Plastic bags epitomize this. I often forget my canvas bags and accept far too many plastic bags to get my groceries from scanner to car and kitchen. Then I end up with a huge wad of bags that I stuff madly into the cutting board cabinet. This week we feature another intern perspective. Daughter Skye presents her views on plastic bags.
Plastic bottles - and plastic water bottles in particular - have become equally accepted in society, ironically, most so among the most health-conscious circles. Rather than pounding sodas, it's not only accepted - but hip - to be toting a water bottle. I must admit, I do it all the time. But individual-serving water bottles are another form of accepted waste. I'm the man in the mirror, advocating one thing but doing another. Somehow, I've got turn my perspective into a new reality, one that's eco-logical.
I salute Gavin Newsom, San Francisco's mayor, for banning the use of City funds for plastic water bottles. We each need to take San Francisco's lead and take it home, breaking away from "convenience" to be on the right side of lifecycle costs, and changing our complacent patterns. It's not hip to be any part of a wasteful society.
EcoMotion in the Beltway!
This past week Ted Flanigan headed to Washington DC for EcoMedia's first advisory board meeting. The meeting brought together supporting corporations, recipient cities, non-profits, government agencies, and environmental experts together at the World Wildlife Fund's Russell Train Conference Center to guide EcoMedia's project activities.
Before and after the meeting, Flanigan met with colleagues at the Edison Electric Institute, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, the International Finance Corporation of The World Bank Group, Good Energies, and The Heinz Center. Back home in California, Flanigan now prepares to act locally on the beltway's exciting policy framework, this weekend helping the City of Laguna Beach take its first steps with climate mitigation.