Tuesday, June 06, 2006

The Ballad of the Conservationist



I have a trash can by my desk marked "PAPER ONLY". Yet for some reason I keep finding apple cores, soda cans, and My Little Pony figurines in it. My first question is obviously, "Who is bringing My Little Pony figurines to the office?" And then I ask, "Why are people using my trash can? Is there a shortage?" So before I go any further, a little back story...

A few months ago I was convicted after throwing away acres worth of paper daily. I began to think what would happen if I put a special can in my office so I could begin recycling paper. This wasn't a political decision, it was a spiritual decision. Yes, I have bought into the idea that we are responsible for the upkeep of the globe. Now, I don't think that our SUVs will destroy the planet, but I do think that if we can do little things to be better stewards we should. And if you think this is a silly soapbox to be standing on, consider how much you like camping... or fishing... or oxygen... or your children. Yes, I am thinking about the children.

Yet this undertaking proved to be harder than expected. The city of Joplin does not seem to be too concerned with the causes of a young tree hugger. You'll have a better chance finding a meth flavored snow cone in Southwest Missouri than an easily accessible recycling center. There is one but it is hardly on the map. I mean what do I do with this paper that I am holding on to? I guess I'll start making pinatas.

In the end I know that I am not going to save the world by myself... but at least I can save a little paper.

5 comments:

md. said...

dang, i need a blog. i really do wonder who put the my little pony in your trash can. was there any celery in there? that might narrow down your suspects. anyway, since we're using cloth diapers i can claim some sort of conservationist club membership, even though i'm doing it for the wrong reasons. i guess it's kinda like johnny's apple sticker on his jimmy?

Epp said...

sure... you can be in the club. and in the spirit of johnny's apple sticker (on his jimmy, which sounds painful) anyone else who knows that you use cloth diapers and vicariously uses cloth diapers through you can as well.

Mandy said...

wow, EVERYONE has a blog and/or a myspace these days! It was fun to find your blog, and I'm kinda wondering myself why someone is bringing My Little Ponies to your office...I didn't even realize they still made those things!

Hope your summer at conference is great! I'll probably make it over to IN2 and IL2 or 3 to visit. Take care and I'll have to add you to my blog links!

wink said...

Just read an article that reminded me of you. Appears to be a swelling opinion. Growing Number of Green Evangelicals.

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