One of my greatest frustrations is when I feel like I’m fighting the green battle against people I feel a bond with. Whether it’s family, friends or groups I associate with, it can be really difficult to be the wave maker… well, I’m about to battle… enter: waves!
Our daughter brought home a letter from school that announced a special school program focusing on proper nutrition and making healthy food choices. Sounded like a great program to me! They’re setting aside a day where students can sample healthy foods and snacks. Still, a big thumbs up!
So, while we’re teaching 400 kids about eating properly, we can give them a chaser of BPA laced water and bottles that will go into the school’s trash cans and create our very own space in a landfill. Augh, I think I’m going to scream.
Now (since I am the Recycling/Environmental Programs Chair) I get to contact all those in charge and ask “why” and “what can we do?” I hate these confrontations, but I have to do it. I’m expecting that “convenience” is the reason, so I will probably have to be content with the idea of pushing for a special bottle receptacle. Sadly, we don’t have a plastics recycling program in the school. It’s something I’m working for, but we aren’t there yet. (You wouldn’t believe what it takes to get something so simple in place).
So, as I sit here, I’m preparing my approach to people that are trying to teach the right nutritional choices, but using bad environmental choices. I have no idea how this is going to end up, but I don’t like where it’s starting!
I can see it now… Wednesday recycling pick-up is going to be crazy at my house after I lug 400 plastic bottles home and they later come flying out of my recycling can… and my neighbor’s…and the neighbor’s next to them….