A is for Action

The A to Z Blogging Challenge

Now, since i decided to do this challenge i had chosen to do A is for Anita: a bit about me and why i feel that the time is now to reduce the waste of both resources and money that we, as a society, put out there. But on sitting down to my computer this morning i changed my mind (that’s my prerogative, i’m a girl after all and don’t mind a little bit of stereotyping when it suits me) because it’s not just me that needs to change, we all need to take action. And if it actually helps us in the long run? I would call it a win win. Besides, you will probably learn quite a bit about me in the forthcoming posts throughout this month.

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  I mean, really? Why would anyone do this?

Far too many years ago, when i was but a lass in secondary school, i took a book out of the school library. What is so amazing about that i hear you ask? That is what libraries are for and as a self-confirmed bibliophile it was certainly not an extraordinary experience. What is so amazing is that i can still remember the message this book brought (even though i haven’t a clue now of the title or author, come on, it was over 30 years ago!).

The story was about a couple of time travelling teenagers. They had come back to the 1980’s from the future to try and change the past because the world they lived in was barren and struggling to cope with the residue of the lifestyle in which we lived. The teenagers sought to change opinion of the people they met by their harrowing descriptions of what would happen if their lives of waste continued. But ultimately they failed in their mission. The reason for this? They hadn’t gone back far enough, they had only travelled to the time of the wastage, not the point where they could change it.

I’m not saying it changed me from that moment, there are plenty of people around on this planet that would certainly take great delight in calling me a liar if i did. But it has stayed in my mind. I have felt guilty when i knew that i was wasting stuff that could be used. There are also a great number of people on this planet who know that i am a crafty hoarder of craft related items, with a view to the fact that ‘it could come in handy one day.’ But at the beginning of this year i decided to call a halt to unnecessary spending and wastage. A buy nothing new year and a significant reduction in my use of single use plastics are the ‘Actions’ i have chosen to start with.

I’m not saying you have to do the same.

If you do agree with me and make even just a few small changes to your lifestyles because of the posts i write over the next month that would be great. Let me know how you get on.

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I took this picture in the car park of a local secondary school.

And if you know what that darned book is called or the author then i’d love for you to tell me, it’s been bugging me for weeks!

Above all,

Have a happy day.

Anita x

 

 

 

 

7 thoughts on “A is for Action

  1. Gosh – we brought our children up to be careful and as green as possible. When she was a teen my daughter wrote for a local green magazine abut what it was like living in a house where such things were observed. She now works for a sustainability charity. We’re doing our best – it’s amazing how many people aren’t! We have to – for our children and their children. My blog is at http://www.poetryroundabout.com You have to press on the blog title to be able to get to its page to comment. ~Liz

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    • Thank you Liz, yes, it really saddens me when i see what rubbish is thrown away when it doesn’t need to be. Hopefully, one step at a time, it will start to get better now.

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  2. Yes! Agree….. I had a friend the other day who just let trash leave his truck, and was like..”at least I don’t have to find a place for it.” I was pretty appalled and a little ashamed that is what a grown man thinks about trashing this world. So sad! Also… I’m going to think of ways that I can help him see that trashing this world is ruining it!

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    • Good for you Tawnya, i really can’t abide people who just throw it out the car window, there is no need for that. Just take it home and put it in a bin – preferably a recycling bin but to be honest, any bin is better than chucking it on the ground.

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