The other day one of my Facebook friend shared a post of an old lady giving a lesson on recycling to a young one who complained about her bad habits on the matter. In this speech, our old woman made a point that in her youth bottles, yogurts, milk or cream containers were made of glass, shopping was dispensed in paper bags, food products were displayed in bulk, etc. There was no or very little plastic containers, the system was simple and sustainable in todays standard.
In these past habits everything was recyclable, reuseable and sustainable. It was also cheap to make. The pressure on populations around the world to be more environmentally friendly was minimal. Furthermore, with todays huge pressure on our oil reserves none of these types of contenants require oil in making them! It is not that we have to be inventing technically complicated systems to recycle these byproducts of our crazy consumption’s habits. It is all there, we have done it before and it worked! I don’t get it. Why can’t we go back to these habits that make more sens in our current environmental crisis?
Our food can be delivered to us plastic free. Why can’t we change this? Why our governments or environmental agencies don’t think about it and make the food industry come back to this simple, environmentally sound and economically sustainable system? I think it is simple: advertising, money making people who are not living in the real world ; lobbies that do not care about anything than profits, that are blinded by other lobbies even more powerful than their own. When I talk about lobbies I mean the large distribution companies such as Walmart, Carrefour, Leclerc, Tesco, etc. Then comes the slightly more powerful lobbies such as Danone, Nestlé, Procter and Gambles, Craft, etc who need there brands to be advertised and recognized to increase their profits more and more for their share holders. Then, the next level in the lobbies ladder is the oil lobby who push his dirty products onto us as the solution for all our needs: cheap and so called “clean”energy, cheap but dirty and unsustainable raw material for our food packaging. And I am not talking about the petrol that fuel our cars. And on the top of all that interlocked system there is that powerful, inhuman, virtual system that we have created: The Market, which rules the world.
All the actors of this system feed into each other. They only care about the short term and would go for anything to get their way! They pressurise governments, finance wars, they fund powerful lobbies and pressure groups at all the levels of our societies. They also finance our politicians to make sure that the status quo remains.
I think that it is only us, all the citizens of the world who can make this changes happen. I strongly believe that together we can shift the power of decision in favor of the people of earth from the Market. Democracy is supposed to be “for the people, by the people” so if we make the effort of coming out of our lethargy and remind our politicians that they would not be where they are without us and that they are supposed to represent us in the democratic decision process, that they must thrive to make our society better and safer for us. They also must remember that they must be independent from all corporations and lobbies and do everything to respect the basic human rights as written in the “Déclaration universelle des droits de l’hommes“.
So Messieurs the politicians and decision makers from all over the world tell me what stops you to enforce this simple solution to solve the problem of rubbish management instead of going for costly, complicated and unsustainable solutions that enable the Market and its actors to do as they whish and keep getting richer and even more controlling. I have to say that this time I firmly believe that: “it was better before”.
A Word To The Wise Is Sufficient!