I start with this quote from a pioneer of the Ecology movement Murray Bookchin (1921 – 2006), “The notion that man must dominate nature emerges directly from the domination of man by man… But it was not until organic community relation … dissolved into market relationships that the planet itself was reduced to a resource for exploitation. This centuries-long tendency finds its most exacerbating development in modern capitalism. Owing to its inherently competitive nature, bourgeois society not only pits humans against each other, it also pits the mass of humanity against the natural world. Just as men are converted into commodities, so every aspect of nature is converted into a commodity, a resource to be manufactured and merchandised wantonly. … The plundering of the human spirit by the market place is paralleled by the plundering of the earth by capital.”
Sadly, the environment is now at a tipping point, there is no more room for resource exploitation and life on earth as we know it is seriously threatened. I have had the intuition that this would happen for a long time, and it is only recently that I have decided to challenge the status quo and work towards making changes in my own behaviour, as well as making aware the dangers to others.
The problems are so huge that I have chosen to concentrate on one aspect, where I can be ‘expert’ and consistent in my voice. That aspect is plastic. This wonder material has now become the scourge of our world. It is used and strewn everywhere in our seas, our lands, our streets, our drinking water, and in our brains. Everyone including myself is responsible for this disaster, and together we can, and have to, clean it up.
I shall be using this section on my website to describe the progress (if any) of my actions.