A friend sent me this the other day – you can find it in several places on the internet in various blogs and so on – now in mine. I find it interesting – if I could turn the clock back, would I? And what would my answer say about me?
The Green Thing
At the till, in the supermarket, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. The woman apologized to him and explained, “We didn’t have the ‘green thing’ back in my day.”
The clerk responded, “That’s our problem today; your generation did not care enough to save our environment.”
He was right, that generation didn’t have the green thing in its day.
Back then, they returned their milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles. They were sent back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so the same bottles could be used over and over. So they really were recycled.
In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn’t have an escalator or elevator in every store and office building. They walked to the
shops and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go a few hundred yards.
Back then, they washed the baby’s nappies because they didn’t have the throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy
gobbling machine burning up 220 volts – wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.
Back then, they had one TV, or radio, in the house – not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief, not a screen the size of the Isle of Wight. In the kitchen, they blended and stirred by hand because they didn’t have electric machines to do everything for them. When they packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, they used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.
Back then, they didn’t fire up an engine and burn petrol just to cut the lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power. They
exercised by working so they didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. They drank from a fountain or tap when they were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water. They refilled their writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and they replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the
Whole razor just because the blade got dull.
Back then, people took the bus and kids rode their bikes to school instead of turning their parents into a 24-hour taxi service. They had one electrical outlet in a room,not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And they didn’t need a computerized gadget
to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest take-away.
But he was right, they didn’t have the Green thing back then.
If you can’t live this old fashioned way, at least bring your old paper, card, aluminium cans, and plastic bottles (not glass bottles) to the church recycling bin. The money raised supports our church, the recycling supports our plannet.