Thursday, April 22, 2010

Wise Words from Majora Carter on Earth Day

The April issue of Body + Soul magazine has some excellent words of wisdom from Majora Carter, the super-star founder of Sustainable South Bronx. In light of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, which is today, she says:
Before you throw something out or recycle it, take a moment to consider where it's going to end up and how it's going to get there. Chances are it will be placed on a diesel truck and dumped in a poor neighborhood, next to a fossil-fuel burning power plant. It doesn't matter that you are "recycling" or that your banana peel is "organic"--it all ends up in the same place.

Think about how to divert it from the stream of waste altogether, whether by composting or finding a second use for it. And hold that image in your head every time you buy something. Once you can visualize that daily waste stream and all the energy used to support it, and you can imagine the impact on the people who live alongside it ever day, you'll understand environmental justice a little better.
I think those are truly wise words, and I am inspired to go back to composting all my vegetable scraps, which I had given up out of sheer laziness. (Also, for what it's worth, lately, I've been loving Body + Soul, which is soon to be re-named Whole Living).

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