Umm…these are two powerful words that most often are used in a negative connotation, but we can turn them around and use them as  stepping stones to Awareness and Action.

After watching the extraordinary documentary “Plastic Planet” (and I highly recommend you do the same), I contemplated how we could have allowed our precious Earth to become infected with so much toxic plastic. And seriously infected it is, affecting every form of living species on the Planet, including you, your family, friends, pets and food chains.

Rivers of Trash

In contemplation, the words Ignorance and Apathy came to mind.

Because the plastic making companies around the world, in order to remain competitive, feel a need to not disclose the content of their products, we do not know what is inside them. Well some of us do now, thanks to some brave investigators and researchers who have thoroughly analysed many plastic products used daily in our lives.

The food industry in most cases, (although some have circumvented this process), is obliged by law to disclose the content and volume of their edible products, so that we the consumers can inform ourselves about what we put into our bodies.

But what about the packaging? What if the petro-chemical based packaging is not safe and can leach toxins into the food, thus poisoning it and us the consumers? Would that concern you? Well no, not if you are totally unaware of what poisonous toxins are within the containers!

Ignorance is not bliss!

And dear readers, this is where our ignorance has been perpetrated upon us. We are not supposed to know and the companies with a vested interest in our ignorance have deliberately worked it this way to keep us in the dark and silent. Well we better not be silent anymore, if we want to remain healthy, have healthy children and enjoy healthy grandchildren.

Our ignorance can be cured by investing a little time in informing ourselves of the dangers lurking within many of the plastic products we use on a daily basis. Oblivious of their noxious content, we will continue to poison ourselves and our Planet we call home.

Contemplate this: When we throw away our plastic and other toxic rubbish, where is away?

No Away

There is NO away!!

If it is burnt it produces noxious vapours

If we bury it in a landfill, it can leach into the water table and poison the ground.

If we sweep it out into the gutters (as is the case in much of Bali) it ends up in our waterways, into the oceans and gets returned to a beach somewhere near you.

There is NO away!

 

 

 

 

Jan 2011 after stormFor us the consumers, we have a reason to be concerned and turn that concern into non-violent and appropriate action, because research is now proving that many of the containers we use to store and transport food products contain carcinogenic materials, which when consumed results in cancers, infertility, obesity and ill health.

Do I have your attention now?

Okay, enough about ignorance, I am sure you have got the point.

So let’s now talk about my other favourite subject – Apathy, which I have written about previously, but well worth mentioning again and again and again.

Once we become informed, we must in some way be moved to action. It is not enough to grasp our cheeks in disbelief, mutter obscenities about the petro-chemical companies, or take to the streets in protest to ban all forms of plastic on the planet today, because believe me, you most likely are surrounded by a myriad of plastic products as you read this.

Stop right now and take a look around your surroundings and identify what items are plastic and originate from the by-products of crude oil.

What do you see?

If you are not sure what to look for, watch this movie, become informed and you will no longer be ignorant of the facts.

Plastic Planet DVD Cover

Only through speaking up and demanding to know the truth about what is in the plastic you are using and the short and long-term affects they are having on our health, can we bring about awareness and change.

I leave you with this thought:

If not me – who?

If not now – when?

 Note:

The DVD “Plastic Planet” is available at www.amazon.com

The solution to Ignorance & Apathy lies within you and me