So, this week with Mercy Students for Peace and Justice, and Eco Club we had Earth Week! It was a week full of information and other interactive activities that the student body took part in so I figured this week i’d share some of the knowledge that we gathered for this week.
First and foremost our main campaign throughout the week was to “Boycott the Bottle”.This is just some fancy phrasing to say we want people to use reusable bottles instead of plastic ones you buy from the store. This is for multiple reason. The most important one to me is because the plastic is being unnecessarily created, creating pollution, and is then left behind as waste. The bottles are being unnecessarily created because we are all capable of owning a reusable water bottle. Now, some people say to that “but tap water is nasty” and this brings me to the second reason why we shouldn’t drink bottled water: it is no better for you than tap, it is actually often times cleaner. This is for a few reasons. 1) the FDA has one person, who along with other tasks, is in charge of over seeing all bottled water, so you know it is not being checked. The bottled water companies actually do their own testing and then submit that. 2) Municipalities generally test each batch of water over 6 times a day but multiple people, this means it is monitored more than bottled water. 3) bottled water is filtered once, tap water is filtered at least 4 times. 4) illegal and dangerous chemicals were found in tested bottle water that came right off the store shelf.
Okay, so that was a lot about bottled water, now, let us discuss the ocean.
A common misconception that people have is that all our oxygen comes from trees, right? Wrong! The ocean is the largest carbon filter in the world. Within the ocean, we find plankton which are known as the grass of the sea. Plankton are the base of the food chain in the ocean, without them life in the ocean would not be possible. So, plankton, really important to the ocean and ocean really important to breathing. The problem is, in today’s ocean, there are 40% less plankton than there was in the pre-industrial revolution ocean; we have a higher population and yet the ocean has a decreased oxygen production. Not just this, but also there is 6X more plastic than plankton. The waste we create is really killing our environment
Wellllll, we need to become conscious consumers. Our system is based on capitalism and capitalism survives because of supply and demand. Without a demand for something, the supply is completely unnecessary and will be a waste. If we stop demanding, and stop using, things that create unnecessary waste, the resources required to create the items, the pollution caused by the production and the waste the discarded item creates could all be greatly reduced.
Sorry, I didn’t have time to take any pictures because I was talking about all this information and so much more!
Stay fresh and have an awesome weekend!
Give live love!