The Pacific Garbage Patch

Do you ever think about what happens to all the plastic items you buy and use in your daily life? Do you ever give any thought to the fact that a plastic bottle can take up to 450 years to degrade? If you don’t, you are not alone; most people don’t even think twice about it. Well, our addiction to plastics is really causing a huge problem to our environment, and the many ecosystems around the globe. This problem deserves our attention!

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I get it, buying a plastic bottle of water is super convenient, and from a manufacturing standpoint for the companies making them, it is also very cost effective. But this is where we as consumers need to become more educated as to what happens to all this plastic, and the garbage that we throw out daily/weekly in our homes, offices, schools, etc. If more people knew about how all this plastic is affecting our environment, I think more people would stop and think twice before continuing to purchase more plastic products. This is where the documentary Plastic Paradise comes in; here is another gem (on Netflix) I wish everyone could watch, simply to learn more about the topic, and become aware! Do yourself a favor, and give this doc a watch!

The information provided in this documentary was super eye-opening for me! I am now much more conscious about the things I choose to purchase when I’m at the store or out and about shopping. Simple changes like, opting for drinks in glass containers instead of plastic, or using reusable grocery bags or paper bags at the store instead of the plastic bags, or using reusable cups instead of styrofoam cups; all these minor changes can add up and have a major impact in the long run. Oh, and receipts (as in the receipt paper)!! Wow I will never think of those the same way again after watching this…you might want to think twice about taking/handling that receipt that the attendant at the checkout counter is handing you. Did you know that the receipt paper is actually coated with BPA, and when we handle that receipt paper with our hands we are actually being exposed to AND absorbing levels of BPA directly into our skin?!! Yikes!!

Anyway, I could easily provide a dozen more links on this plastics/garbage issue, but my point here is not to write a research paper. This documentary alone is very comprehensive and does a great job of illustrating the cause and effect relationship of this garbage problem – so I’ll leave it at that.

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We as consumers have the power to drive change; use your dollar to vote for less plastic by simply purchasing less plastic products, and opt for the alternatives – glass, aluminum, paper, etc. We can drive up the demand for those items, and drive down the demand for plastics one purchase at a time. And make those small adjustments in your every day life; reuse, recycle! Moreover, this topic is not just limited to plastics, this is all garbage in general! We never really give any thought to what happens to our garbage after we throw it out; but it is in our best interest, and that of our precious environment that we start to give a damn! I mean, I am no saint myself, some items just don’t come in a plastic alternative packaging yet. Or sometimes when you are traveling or on the go, you can’t really find any good plastic alternatives- so you are forced to buy plastic. Nonetheless, I am learning, and now that I am aware of the issue, I am making a conscious effort to buy less plastic products.

Also, while I’m on this topic of plastic, I also highly recommend checking out the
documentary called Tapped; this will really open your eyes to the scam that is the bottled water industry, and the poisonous chemicals that are leaching into the water in your handy dandy convenient plastic bottle…scary!

 

Gain some awareness, watch the documentary!

 

 

We Are All Earthlings

When you hear plant based folk say they are ‘vegan for the animals,’ you may not be exactly sure what the hell that means. Well, this documentary here titled Earthlings perfectly sums up what that actually means, and why we do it for the animals. Earthlings points the camera directly at the truth most people don’t want to see or know about when it comes to factory farming, and the role animals have been given in our society. Full disclosure, parts of this film are hard to watch, but all that means is that the truth is hard to swallow once you really see and understand what is going on…nonetheless, wouldn’t you rather know the truth!

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Think about this for a minute; lets say we humans finally have the technology for deep space exploration, and consequently we happen to discover another planet that does indeed harbor life. But the life found on the planet is not human like (at least what we consider human), instead it’s these oddly shaped life forms, some large (bigger than us), some small (can fit in your hand), some cute, some ugly, they make noises we can’t understand, they don’t speak our language, but they seem to have mothers, fathers, and siblings just like we do. Furthermore, you can see their emotions in their faces, they have eyes similar to ours, they have what we can tell are ears, mouths, noses, and legs and arms. Wouldn’t this be amazing to encounter and see!? Wouldn’t we just look at them in awe and be like ‘wow how freakin incredible are these creatures!’ Surely we would look at them with fascination, intrigue, and want to learn more about them!

Or would we just be like ‘eh, we don’t understand what they are saying, and they seem dumber then us, so lets just start enslaving them, killing them, skinning them, and eating them.’ Imagine if that really happened! Well, we here on earth have been conditioned to be ok with this, it has simply become part of our culture, customs, upbringing, and a societal norm…but why? Why is this the right way? If you take a step back, and pretend you were that space cadet who made that journey to the newly found planet where this new life was found, you would realize that this is exactly what happened here on earth. We have these amazing creatures on our very own planet that we GET to coexist with, and yet most of us have all become ok with the idea of killing millions of them, torturing them, experimenting on them, and of course eating them.

Wowza….what the hell happened right?! It’s simply a matter of a disconnect; people just don’t make the connection, or choose not to, that these beings [earthlings] are actually incredible sentient creatures – not merely just things, they have feelings!! It was only through conditioning that we humans have been brought to the point of seeing these earthlings as things that are ‘food’ to eat. For most, ignorance really is bliss, they might actually know the truth, but instead of confront the truth and make that connection, they simply  continue on blissfully ignorant chowing down on whatever earthling tastes best to them.

You have been condition to think and see this here as a pet, that you love, and treat with respect:

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You have been conditioned to see this as a thing called a cow, that we milk and eat (Mmm hamburger), that doesn’t have feelings or emotions, and that is merely just food:

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You have been condition to see this as another thing called a pig, and that it is also incapable of any feelings or emotions…your conditioned response is Mmmmm bacon (clearly such a stark difference then a dog, no way these things have any emotions or feelings right?!):

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Understand that these conditioned responses are simply due to what you have been thought; this is what you’ve know all your life, this is how you grew up, this is what your family and friends believe, this is what the mainstream public believes, and so you blindly continue on believing as such. People say, ‘well it’s part of our culture’ or ‘it’s part of their customs and tradition.’ Well, not too long ago here in the US slavery was part of our culture and customs. BUT does that make it OK? Does that make it RIGHT? A resounding HELL NO should be your response!!

Dare to think outside of your conditioned response and MAKE THE CONNECTION!! These creatures aren’t emotionless, feelingless, dumb things that are just commodities. These are all EARTHLINGS!!

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Well, this documentary very effectively helps people make that connection; suspend all what you know for a moment, how you think of animals and food, and simply watch this film as a fellow earthling…dare to make a paradigm shift!

(You can watch this documentary online here, or you find it on Youtube, but fair warning the quality of the Youtube versions are pretty terrible)