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28363: Re: 28342: about trash(an opinion) from Math Jay (fwd)
I agree with Morse on the blight created by so called plastic and disposable
accumulating everywhere. He recommands a buy back program as a solution. I
take a more drastic and radical approach. Haiti has to learn from the the
experience of the United States and not repeat its mistakes. The US has given
to a throw away culture fostered by the relatively easy availability of
money. That's why you find there junk yards full of old carcasses of cars
five years old and on and on. Peole don't think even once before throwing
their empty coke cans or their empty plastic potato chips bags from their
passing cars. These things have to end up somewhere. May be out of sight and
mind but somewhere, polluting the environment nevertheless. I don't think
buy back will help where people aren't motivated. To me the omen should be
placed on those who are making a profit out of selling consumables. They
find a way to package their consumables in environmentally friendly containers
or they don't sell them at all. If these environmentally friendly packed
items are the only ones available the haitian consumer will have to adapt.
I am saying is that those plastic and styroform containers should be simply
banned in Haiti, plain and simple. This is a small portion of island inhabited
by too many people as it is. How far will the environmental destruction have
to go before there be some clear thinking community conscious people to
realize that they can't go on destroying their country for the sake of a few
couldn't care less because they only view the country as a land to exploit?
For radical measures you need radical government. Here lies the dilemma.
There are too many potent interests at stake, both local and foreign. To me
is the reality.