I hear a lot of discussion about preserving the planet for future generations. That’s fine, but to be honest, my motivation to care for the planet has almost nothing to do with future generations and everything to do with this moment… this one… right here… now.
Right now, there are Laysan albatross chicks starving to death with bellies full of plastic bottle caps.
Right now, there are sea turtles choking on plastic bags.
Right now, there are fish swallowing PCB-coated “nurdles” and passing those toxins up the food chain to us.
Right now, there are children being poisoned by the BPA leaching from their food containers.
Right now, there are PVC workers breathing carcinogenic fumes and developing rare tumors.
Right now, there are towns in China that have become toxic waste dumps for our plastic “recycling” and e-waste.
These problems began before I was born and have increased significantly in recent years with the explosion of single-use disposable products. I’m glad there are folks here considering future generations. I wish those who started this mess had considered mine. But for me, considering the impact I am having each day, right now, is enough.
What motivates you to care?