Sunday, January 27, 2013

Trash Talk

I’ve recently supported (project still on-going) Red Bull’s campaign (youtube here) on solid wastes. This is a metro-wide, school-targeted effort to create awareness, and get some trash-problem solving project on the way (to be funded by Red Bull).

This campaign is also supported by Gaby dela Merced (formula 3 racer, model, actress), and Sen. Koko Pimentel.

I recall Ilac ‘Gwaping’ Diaz’ similar effort on this area, (among many other things that he’s embarking on) – his construction team is utilizing recovered plastic bottles and old tires as medium or part of construction material. The plastic bottles are tightly filled with sands, making them like ‘bottle-shaped’ bricks; these are sandwich-cemented with other materials in building walls. Same for tires I guess.

Now talking about solid trash – the topic on synthetic, non-biodegradable PLASTIC comes to mind.

Earth has been adaptive for the past 4bn+ years. Eons upon eons of different ‘environment’ or types of biosphere were created, disappeared and recreated. Reading through Earth’s history a long time back, I was even surprised to learn that there was a time that O2 was not present in the atmosphere and when it did (excessively at that time because of plant life abundance), many life forms perished!

I’m sure overtime, Earth will learn how to dissolve plastic (which could be a relatively ‘minor issue’ for this planet, but a big issue for man and current life forms) - though unfortunately for humans, that may come for real in the next million years. Plastic has been around fairly recently (massively over past 100 yrs), modern man has been here for less than 1 million year (but sadly will not last for another million as- ‘human-friendly biosphere’ is changing badly, and rapidly and plastic is one deadly factor.

The ‘rumor’ that there were potential fungi that can ‘eat up’ plastic sounded nice, but even if true, I doubt it will be able to digest the billion tons of plastics that man trashed around. Radically reducing consumption today might at least slow down the biosphere's decline - I mean if half of the world’s population contribute to this effort!

But can we really live a plastic-free life? One has to try to find out…. And this ‘try’ may already eliminate 50% of each individual’s plastic footprint.

So collectively, let’s try it  (before those fungi start eating us...)   ;p

(see related article about Life and the living Environment)

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