Incentive to Recycle
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Concordant of my Ten Things list, I received thougts this week from long-time activist and kindred friend, Ruth Reynolds.
Ruth resides with dear spouse Larry in Cherokee Village (northern Arkansas). A tenaciously self-determined environmentalist who has been rigorously educating the public while at the same time "living the example" for many more years than the 15 I've known her, her hubby -- marvelous man that he is -- tolerates her affinity for and total devotion to this work, amusing himself with idle pastimes like woodworking, cabinetmaking and golf whilst she campaigns.
The pair of them have, what I have come to think of over the years, an "ideal" relationship, being mutually supportive of and collaborative with each other, being good parents and involved with family, yet still being true to each other and -- perhaps most importantly -- true to who they each independently are. But, I digress...
Ruth's current "think global, act local" campaign is, as are all her various efforts, focused on minimizing and ultimately eradicating the negative consequences of climate change engendered by the impact of human propensities upon the natural systems of the earth. In this interest, Ruth proposes a win/win solution, which is offered here in her own words:
Arkansans, wake up! Climate change is a clear and present danger.
Sir David King, chief science adviser to British Prime Minister Tony Blair, recently cited climate change as "the most serious problem we are facing today - more serious even than the threat of terrorism."
While there is no absolute means of conclusively linking unusually strong hurricanes and winter storms directly to global warming, there is unequivocal scientific evidence of alarming Earth changes, rising sea levels, melting permafrost, disappearing glaciers, migrating plant and animal species, etc. Yet by taking action in concert we may be able to avoid the "abrupt" climate changes that scientists have warned the Pentagon could potentially happen.
What can you and I do? In addition to the usual Earth-friendly practices most of us normally follow, each of us must insist on climate saving government policies. For only one example, an Arkansas “10-Cent Incentive to Recycle" policy on beverage containers will -- among other important benefits -- reduce green house gas emissions.
According to the Container Recycling Institute , a great source of information and support, eleven states have enacted laws that place refundable deposits on specified beverage containers. These laws are called "bottle bills".
Because these state programs more than
double normal beverage container recovery rates on "targeted"
containers, the green house gas emissions associated with new product
manufacturing go down. As most people know, the use of recycled, rather
than virgin materials, to manufacture new products conserves energy;
thus, heat trapping gases and other pollutants are reduced.
So I am asking you, Gozarks readers, to campaign for a "10 Cent Incentive to Recycle" on MORE than just beverage containers here in Arkansas.
Bush waged war on Iraq with little justifiable evidence. The evidence needed to fight global warming is overwhelming. We Arkansans must set a courageous example, working for a bottle bill and other climate saving measures.
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