Monday, June 18

Other Ways The Simple Things Matter

It wasn't too long ago that the Osprey was in serious trouble. Pervasive use of DDT threatened the very lives of many birds of prey.

Somewhere, in a moment of sanity, we found the will to change course with respect to DDT and various birds once endangered (such as the Osprey and the Peregrine Falcon) have experienced significant rebounds in population. The Osprey is still endangered in some areas, but it's experienced a major comeback.

What we put into the water makes a difference in the world around us. What we change in our environment may put us back to square one with the Osprey. What will a bird which feeds almost exclusively on fish do if we finally manage to fish out our oceans?

In the last post I wrote, I mentioned the small things, and I was talking in a social context-- being good to one another and showing people the respect they deserve.

This time, I'm talking about the ecological context: using detergents which are biodegradable; composting your food waste rather than putting it in a landfill. Choosing to eat food which comes from renewable sources and avoiding the stuff which is being hunted or fished to extinction.

The simple things matter.

The simple things matter.

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