I agree with the statement that poverty affects the environment. The poor in general, in many cases, are not aware of how their actions affect the environment. In my opinion, the more aware people are and the more they take care of their environment, the better the environment is for everyone.
The most sustainable way to look at it is to keep your options open. If you want to have a better life, you should always be looking out for your own good. It’s easy to get caught up in the idea that you have to sacrifice your own happiness for the greater good of others. This is a false dichotomy. If you truly want to be happy, you have to be open to the possibility that others may not be as happy as you are.
I am not sure how to put this without sounding cheesy. Most of us are so caught up in the idea that we are supposed to not only be making a difference in the world as we live the good life, but to also be making a difference in the world at large. We’re told from a young age that our future is nothing without the good things in life, and our present is nothing without the bad things.
We live in an age of “make it” and “don’t let it get you down”. This is reflected in a lot of our language and actions.
It’s a bit of a paradox that we live in a time of great prosperity while we are living in a time of great suffering. The truth is, there are many factors that have driven our prosperity. But that doesn’t excuse us from being aware of the effects of our actions.
This is why we must always pay attention to the environment and its impact on our society. If we are not aware of those effects, we make decisions that impact the environment for the wrong reasons. One such example is the use of plastic. We use plastic just as much as we use paper, plastic bags, and plastic wrap. It is clear that our societies reliance on plastic is causing a lot of harm to the environment.
If we continue to use plastic, it will eventually kill all marine life. Thats right, plastic is the #1 consumer product and the #1 cause of death for marine life. Plastic also takes about 50 years to decompose and its used in just about everything from food packaging to paper products to disposable diapers.
The real problem here is that the problem is not the consumption of plastic, but the production of it. In many cases, the products that are causing so much environmental damage are being made by people who are actually producing the plastic.
In the case of plastic, the problem comes down to the lack of recycling. Many plastic products are not actually recyclable, and when they are, they are not the ones that can be recycled. In most cases it is more expensive for consumers to recycle plastic products and the ones that are recycled are often not the ones that are being reused.
It seems that the problem of plastic waste is getting worse. In the U.S. alone, the amount of plastic waste has doubled over the last five years. If the amount of plastic that ends up in the sea is taken into account, that would equal 70,000 million metric tons. The vast majority of this plastic is never recycled, just thrown back into the sea because it is considered a litter-friendly choice.