This is my 250th post since 2005.
And today is also World Environment Day.
On reflection, I think I am a good environmentalist. Nic and I have made the environment one of those causes that we support heartily.
JOIN MNS & MAKE YOUR MONEY WORK
Starting last year, I became an MNS member so that I could channel some money towards Mother Nature especially to safekeep what we currently have. I’ve also learnt so much from the monthly MNS newsletters.
This morning, I read about bats in the June MNS newsletter (I have a tendency to read while having breakfast). Pahang is one of the best places on earth to see a variety of bats (which are mammals by the way). We have about 65 species of bats. The other place which comes close with some 50 species is the French Guyana. See the things you learn about Malaysia when you support a local cause? I encourage you to join as an MNS member – if only to know that your money is going towards saving endangered animals. Do good for only RM6 a day. I am sure your latte costs much more than that.
BE A MAD RECYCLER
Other than that, we recycle much of what is usually rubbish or trash, yes, even in the office (no paper goes to waste). I’ve carted loads of plastic, paper and tins to the Sungai Nibong Rukun Tetangga pondok in the past 3 years.
I always tell Nic, “Imagine there’s only 2 of us and we have this much of recyclables. What if it’s a family of 5?” It’s sometimes scary to think of what goes into our landfills. Of course people don’t know until they live next to a stinking landfill. Singapore, I read, has a major problem finding land for their trash so they just reclaimed more land from the sea to use as landfill! Or some people are still unclear of what to recycle. This might give you an idea.
IT’S $, NOT TRASH
Like Don says, it’s not trash. It’s money that you’re throwing away. Recyclables are worth something. So be fiendish about recycling. I even recycle tiny paper tags (that come with clothes) and bits of receipts.
Three weeks ago, I bought a basket from Tesco so I could use it for carrying vegetables that I buy at the Lip Sin market. I think it’s time I stopped getting plastic bags (Mrs Gan, my fishmonger, tells me that plastic bags are so expensive now that oil prices are rocketing – she loves me more because I help her save on plastic bags).
Most people don’t think twice about accepting plastic bags when buying food but I usually say no thanks. I carry my own bag to shop and refuse plastic bags. Try it.
ADAMANTLY REFUSE TO USE PLASTIC BAGS
It takes some forethought but after a while, saying “No need plastic bags” is like saying thank you. (One good thing about Petronas’ Kedai Mesra is that you don’t get plastic bags any more when you buy small items like sweets or bread. I support that!)
RUN FROM CHEAP CHINA STUFF
The other thing is that I’ve given up on buying cheap made in China electrical goods because they’ll just break down in a year’s time and then I end up with more junk! (Damn Chinese quality control…or bloody lack of!) So either I save like mad to buy a more expensive and less likely to kaput item or I don’t buy at all. This buy-and-throw consumerism culture has to stop. And it starts with me.
DON’T MAKE PLEDGES YOU CAN’T KEEP
I read about people making pledges in The Star. That’s all well and good but nothing happens until we make those pledges work. Making pledges isn’t just a PR thing. It’s about really making that pledge happen. It’s about changing our lifestyles bit by bit and living everyday green instead of just that one day in a year we get all greened up and mushy inside about the earth we live on.
Like that ad says, we all live on an island we cannot leave.
Share with me some of your green tips for a greener lifestyle. Or do you think our world is beyond saving? Or we should all stop this population explosion? Is it hopeful or hopeless?