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Re: OT throw away society - repercusions

It makes me crazy too Marge. I fail to comprehend why people can't see
this catastrophe in the making and do something to prevent it. ugh.

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@hort.net>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Fri, 14 Nov 2003 04:18:47 -0500

>I know I've been reading them and fuming for at least 30 years.  It
>passes my understanding that humans can be so disdainful of what they
>are doing to the planet.  The human race seems very short-sighted to
>me.  Unless something directly affects someone, it doesn't exist. 
>People are so careless...throw it out; throw it away.  There is no
>OUT and there is no AWAY, but that message does not seem to be
>penetrating where it would do the most good.
>You do have to wonder...here we have people "investigating" but not
>acting.  We (humans in general) do a lot of that, it seems; study a
>problem for years; spend megabucks on more studies but nothing on
>correcting something so obviously a problem.  The saddest part is
>that this sort of thing has been going on for centuries, literally.  
>Unfortunately, I don't think modern versions of ancient cesspits are
>going to prove as interesting to archeologists in 1500 years as those
>of our forebears do today; they'll be nothing but plastic bits; that
>is, if we're still around in 1500 years.
>Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
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>> From: kmrsy@comcast.net
>> Bonnie,
>> These reports have been coming in for many years, though yours is
>> probably the most recent. And yet no one does anything but report
>> them. I just don't understand it.
>> Kitty
>> > November issue of Natural History includes a disturbing feature
>about the
>> > amount of plastic in the Pacific Ocean.  In the North Pacific
>> > gyre there is a "patch" of floating plastic debris the size of
>> > What is more alarming than the debris is that the "plastic
>polymers (the
>> > tiny molecules of plastic that don't break down)...are sponges
>for DDT,
>> > PCBs, and other oily pollutants.  The Japanese investigators
>found that
>> > plastic resin pellets concentrate such poisons to levels as high
>as a
>> > million times their concentrations in the water as free-floating
>> > substances".  And, these get into the ecosystem and into the food
>> > Nature might not be able to produce a pollutant-free fish.
>> > 
>> > Bonnie Zone 6+ ETN
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