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Revealing info - graphic on who is messing up this planet.


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Kit B (276)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 8:09 am
Image Credit: Earth on Fire

A few of us nations are making the planet a whole let messier for the rest of the gang. Maybe we should start thinking about being better neighbors.

Please check out the info -graphic at VISIT SITE -

Now can we please change? Each of us can make changes that will be a help.

Arielle S (313)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 8:10 am
Amen, Kit - if everyone did one thing - just one - we could make a difference.

Elle B (81)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 8:45 am
Ty Kit ...

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." ―U.S Pres. Theodore Roosevelt

“Keep trying to do what is necessary, then what's possible and suddenly you're doing the impossible.”
― St. Francis of Assisi [1181 – 1226]

PS. Begin with eliminating fossil fuel polymers from our lives ... [Note: a genuine challenge that is not as easy it sounds. . .]

Ben O (135)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 9:03 am
Right; -Don't mess with Mother Earth! (That's what I've been preaching for 40 years, but, why should any one listen to me...?)

Mike H (252)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 9:24 am
More survival angst

Kit B (276)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 9:26 am

Eliminating fossils fuels is a challenge. We have become dependent on the many various forms of fossils fuels that we don't really think about. Plastics of course, sun glasses, regular glasses, furniture, PVC plumbing pipes, the interior of all forms of transportation, even the tires. A short list:

Clothing and Textiles
• ballet tights
• nylon cord
• everything polyester: blouses, pants, pajamas etc.
• everything permanent press: shirts, dresses etc.
• beads
• bracelets
• pantyhose
• nylon zippers
• plastic hangers
• purses
• thongs and flip flops
• earrings
• ribbons
• fake fur
• windbreakers
• sandals
• garment bags
• shoe laces
• rain coats
• iron-on patches
• sneakers
• sweaters
• sofa pillow material
• tote bags
• umbrellas

Around the Office

• ball point pens
• diskettes
• thermometer
• Ink
• computers
• business card holders
• copiers
• waste baskets
• calculators
• printer cartridges
• microfilm
• name tags
• binders
• erasers
• rulers
• scotch tape
• magic markers
• telephones

Sports, Hobbies and Games

• backpacks
• fishing lures
• air mattresses
• cameras
• beach balls
• fishing poles
• hang gliders
• vinyl cases
• footballs
• glue containers
• puzzles
• darts
• Frisbees
• golf ball and golf bags
• shotgun shells
• ear plugs
• knitting needles

We know many things are just not important, but they are a part of daily life.


Sheryl G (359)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 10:18 am
This is all the more reason that the USA should be making the biggest steps towards the solutions that exist. We pander to the lobbyist and their bosses while we go head long into one environmental disaster after another.

A lot of things that we use could be made out of different materials like hemp for one and do we really need to have a society that consumes so much? We spend our lives buying stuff to make others rich when we could be taking that time to learn the arts, music, dance, enjoying each others company, growing our own crops, if we didn't have to be on the rat wheel so long earning money to buy more stuff.

Shifts in our way of living need to be made and we actually could have more fuller lives while the planet would also appreciate our changes and begin to heal as well. It has to be a conscious shift by the worlds people and something not dictated by a few in this pyramid system. Circle thinking rather than ladder thinking.

JL A (281)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 11:52 am
Thanks for the list Kit--all products that could be greener and reason to ensure all standards for green are real and not industry whitewash PR stunts.

pam w (139)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 12:26 pm
The genuinely SICKENING part is that none of this is really necessary! We could fix it easily.

Arielle S (313)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 1:19 pm
I've come to despise plastic - especially plastic packaging! Vitamins sealed in a plastic bottle with plastic wrapping around the neck. Baked goods in plastic cartons that get tossed almost immediately. Hermetically sealed anything and everything. Time to rethink, repurpose, and reuse. Or just not buy.

S S (0)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 1:20 pm
Thank you.

Arlene Morrison (1)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 1:21 pm
Germany is way ahead of the pack in terms of recycling and building houses that either need no heat or very little~say a couple of light bulbs! They have very tight tolerances in building their homes,factories etc to exclude drafts and use all sorts of insulation to minimise heat loss in order to produce' Passive ' housing,ie with none or a very small carbon footprint.
If everyone stopped using plastic bags for groceries and other purchases, stopped buying bottled water and checked out the list for things they could do without or use alternatives it would be a real help!
It is also important to get business and the government on board which isn't always easy!

Tamara Hayes (185)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 1:25 pm
Ok, I am going to try and post this one more time and if it disappears again, forget it. Noted, twittered, fb and google shared. The simplest little changes could have the greatest impact all across the world. Each person making the choice to be greener or not. I am the recycle warrior in my house. I go threw the kitchen garbage every day and pull out everything that is recyclable and put in the recycle container outside. No one else is going to do it so...Thanks Kit.

Mitchell D (82)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 1:48 pm
Think globally, act locally! A, by now, ancient bumper sticker, which Ben O. might recall, but good advise.
That is why I get upset when I see people driving Hummers, for example: Here we are, in the country that used up more of the planets resources than any other country, and YOU have to have this behemoth to get around!
If it's a guy driving, I assume he thinks his "dinky" (thank you Heidi for that word!) is too small.

Colleen L (3)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 1:50 pm
I've been trying my best. Recycle everything I can think of. Will continue doing my part. Thanks Kit

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 2:26 pm
Noted, thx for the info

Vicky P (476)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 3:26 pm
Yeah..China still uses tons of coal in their tons of factories unfortunately, the US emits from oil, coal, etc. More people need to stop questioning climate change and stop making it political because it's destroying the world slowly.

Barbara K (61)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 3:37 pm
We need to, each person, do what we can to avoid plastics. Don't buy bottled water, use cloth diapers and wash them and reuse them, instead of buying them all the time, they are one of the biggest wastes in the trash dumps. Think of buying items that are re-usable and items in reusable glass instead of plastic. Our food items can go back to glass jars for things like mayonnaise, etc. Turn off lights in a room not in use, etc. Mostly common sense steps will save a lot.

Kit B (276)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 3:58 pm

I'm surprised that people are not doing more, just the opportunity to save some money each month should be an encouragement for everyone. When most of us here were growing up, conservation of electricity was done all the time. Being careful about what was purchased and using things until they just had to be replaced was the norm.

Rose Becke (141)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 4:27 pm
we all can do something no matter how small it is

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 4:47 pm
Thank you for sharing this amazing infographic! (p, t)

Mari 's (1356)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 5:26 pm
I'm surprised too Kit but we just have to keep moving them in that direction The seed is planted now... lets wait for the awesome red wood tree to bloom :) You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last day.

David C (78)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 5:52 pm
already feel really guilty...and trying to do my bit to repent........

Sheila D (194)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 5:56 pm
Some of the things on your list can be recycled if brought to the right places. Of course, that would take a few minutes vs a few seconds to trash them...sad that people don't think of recycling beyound the paper and plastcis they can toss into a bin. Then there are those who ae just plain too lazy to sort anything...too busy - on their cells, tabs, or on FB, etc.

Recycled my old computer and monitor to Best Bu; they take most small electronics, including TVs like my oldie, all free. All of my old glasses/sunglasses went to the local Lion's club where they're fixed, lenses maybe changed and given to Third World countrie. Name tags - a few yrs back saw some made from fabric that were plastic. Clothes, shoes, and jewelry go to either Goodwill or a used store that sells to pay for its missionary programs. Old books to a used book store, your local lbrary, or to Goodwill or another used store.

There's FreeCycle online, check main site for group near you. Only rule is everything Has to be Free. This is just a bit of what can be recycled if one really cares to look.

Therein lies the problem. Complacency. People have had it so easy for so long they think that their little bit of trash won't make a difference. That is the attitude that Must be changed in order to turn things around. All of us know we need to reduce and recycle...but the 75% left don't give a rat's rear...and our politician's arn't much better. Set a good example - wonder how much each of them recycle.

Sheila D (194)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 6:01 pm
PS - printer cartridges can go back to most Office Max stores...maybe other office supply places too. Check with Best Buy about other office equipment. We have a local compouter store called Computer Renaissance which takes old computers, monitors, copiers in trade or will accept them free for reclycling - will fix if possible and resell, or send them to reclycling center that deals with this stuff.

Thanks Kit - can't currently give you another star though.

Craig Pittman (52)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 6:08 pm
Canada has a shamefully high carbon footprint especially considering the size of its population.
Rather than purchasing new items consider re-cycle centers and second-hand stores whenever possible.

Kit B (276)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 7:07 pm

And....Batteries - Please do not toss used batteries in the trash. I have a little brown bag in the kitchen, I wait until it is full then I take the batteries to be recycled or disposed of properly. Many stores do this, just ask. Yep, printer ink cartridges can be recycled or again disposed of properly. These things erode in our soil and release toxins. Once again, if you need to throw something away, first be sure you can not resell or repair. Then please remember that many places will have uses you may no think about.

Now that we can give out green stars more than once a day. I will try to catch those of you I missed.
If I understand correctly - a green star may be given out once per article and sorry I don't know if there is a daily limit.

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 8:28 pm
A fascinating graphic illustrating the mess that the world is currently in, very interesting. We need to take more care of Mother Earth.

Laurie H (818)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 8:56 pm
Thank you Kit so much for this share. We CAN make a difference if each of us tries to be aware of the items we use & can recycle, avoid plastics as much as possible, shop with cloth reusable bags, just consider all the ways we CAN help!!!` Thanks again!!!~

greenplanet e (155)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 10:14 pm
Yeah, consume less and produce less trash, and also fewer emissions.

Wolfgang W (228)
Friday September 13, 2013, 12:12 am
The author lacks geographical knowledge: Tonga is part of Oceania and Sierra Leone is in Africa!

Claudia A (71)
Friday September 13, 2013, 12:52 am
Thank you.

Past Member (0)
Friday September 13, 2013, 4:00 am
It would have been worse if it was carvon footprint by person by country. But I can't really say it's not the result of consumer choices.

Peta Clarke (30)
Friday September 13, 2013, 4:35 am
Noted thank you.

Ben O (135)
Friday September 13, 2013, 5:28 am
When I was promoting recycling 40 years ago, most people thought that I was insane more or less. In fact they didn't understand what I was talking about. Today (in Sweden anyway) it's the most natural thing to recycle paper, glass, metal, plastic, etcetera...
So, was I right, or was I right...? : ~ )
Reduce - Re-use - Recycle! No one can do everything, but everybody can do something!
And, hey...It's cool to be green!

Ben O (135)
Friday September 13, 2013, 5:33 am
For a sustainable future; I believe the children of Mother Earth is our hope!
"Let us put our minds together and see what future we can make for our children"
(Sittting Bull)

Ben O (135)
Friday September 13, 2013, 5:38 am
Organic farming - of course!

Ben O (135)
Friday September 13, 2013, 5:40 am
Renewable Energy - of course!

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Friday September 13, 2013, 7:58 am
noted thanks

. (0)
Friday September 13, 2013, 9:52 am
Last time I looked, China was #1, USA #2 and Canada was 9th. There is no excuse not to take care of and clean up our environment.

Malgorzata Z (202)
Friday September 13, 2013, 12:57 pm

Rehana VN (0)
Friday September 13, 2013, 1:34 pm
The United States has been consumed by consumerism!

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 3:16 pm
I understand on the diapers but unfortunately almost all Laundromats will NOT allow you to wash diapers there. Also most Day Care Centers will not accept cloth diapers and insist on the disposable. So while that is a great idea society is not allowing that to be an easy option.
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