Kerry A. Thompson
The trouble with trash is that when you throw it away, there is no "away." I first heard that phrase when Julia Butterfly Hill of Redwood-sitting fame said it in a movie I watched a while back, but I think it was first said by Ari Derfel, a guy who saved his trash in his California apartment for two years to see what the giant mound really looked like. When you throw something away, where is "away"? Wow. Think about that for a second. Everything you throw away just moves from your backyard to someone else's backyard. Imagine the changes we would make if we had to keep our trash in our own backyard for an entire year or an entire lifetime! I wish I'd thought about all this years earlier. I would have bought fewer junk toys that would break after a few uses when my son was young if I knew they'd end up floating in the giant Garbage Patch or killing albatross chicks in Hawaii. I'd have upgraded fewer computers, phones, and other electronics, if I'd known six-year-olds in China and India would be poisoned living with and picking through my toxic trash. I would have bought less "stuff" if I'd known the story of where it comes from and where it goes.
Tom and Kerry
We're two people trying to do our best to bring about the change we want to see in the world.