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.