It's not someone else's problemBefore you do something, take some action, commit to some deed, no matter how small or apparently inconsequential do you ever ask yourself, "what impact will my action have on someone I know; family, friend, or lover?" Can you extend that and ask yourself that same question about people you don't know.
People Around Long After You Are DeadFor instance what about people who will be around in 80 years. Ever wonder how your carbon footprint, or the pollution you leave behind will impact them? If you are just having kids now, this will be your kids when they are old. If you have kids that are halfway grown or just having kids, these people will be your grandchildren. If you kids are having kids this will be your grandchildren's children. Are they too far removed from you for you to care? What's statute of limitations on caring: one generation, two generations, three generations?
People Who Live Someplace Else
You Too Can Be Carcinogenic!Morris is situated right next to the Dresden Nuclear Power plant and almost right on top of the Morris Operation. Never heard of the Morris Operation? Well it's the only high level radioactive waste storage facility in the United States. That's right all of the most highly volatile nuclear waste is shipped to cute little Morris, some of it coming though Chicago. Dresden power plant generates nearly half of the electric power used in the Chicago Metropolitan area and it's not like the power distribution is parsed out so that some goes here and some goes there. Next time you frivolously leave a light on think of Morris and Leukemia.
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If you don't live in Chicago, these kind of Nuclear waste disposal storage facilities are all over the country. Click here to see if any are near you. It is a list of power plants cause that is where the largest amount of waste is stored until one of the permanent plants is opened. If you leave near one of these, consider your cancer risk raised.
What To Do: A New Paradigm For StartersStart thinking differently. I would contend that being mindful of everyone else in every action is a good place to start and from there work your way into the specifics of solving each problem. Stop thinking that the solution is someone else's business and your responsibility ends with awareness and a public gripe for someone else to take care of the problem.
It's true that these problems are often created for profit, but that profit is gained only by leveraging our need and addiction to convenience. There are two tools in your toolbox for creating change: the fact that you are a consumer and money. Yes money! It's how the big profiteers exact control and since there are so many of us, we only have to give smaller amounts to our favorite warriors of political change (special interest) the same as the big guys. (See below). As consumers, we can become educated (Google makes that incredibly easy) about the impact of what we purchase and not purchase that which works against the best interest of us...us being all of us!
Show Them The MoneyBelow is a list of groups that not only fight against issues, but fight for positive change. Pick your favorite issue and cut a check:
Pro Sustainable Energy Lobbies
Solar Energy Industries Association
American Wind Energy Association
Nuclear Waste Reduction: