Where I live, I see the lumber and timber companies lease land from the government, empty a forest of it’s trees and move on to another unsuspecting piece of land and the cycle continues. It’s a saddening vision to look up to the once plentiful mountains and see stark sections of emptiness. Paper and cardboard comprise more than a quarter of annual municipal waste in the U.S.
I ask you, how can I judge this harmful behavior? I use paper. I use cardboard. How can one person make a difference? One person can make a much larger impact by incorporating a sustainable lifestyle into everyday life. This infographic below (via this Mashable article) shows how much an average US citizen uses in paper and cardboard products. The difference starts with you.
“Optimism for me isn’t a passive expectation that things will get better; it’s a conviction that we can make things better – that whatever suffering we see, no matter how bad it is, we can help people if we don’t lose hope and we don’t look away.” – Melinda Gates
Powerful words from a powerful woman. Empathy for those who live in suffering can make all the difference.