This short article was sent to me as an email. It is food for thought about our hi-tech world!
I added the photos to help prove the points raised!
In the line at the supermarket, the check out girl told the old woman
that she should be bringing her own ‘green’ grocery bag because plastic
bags weren’t good for the environment. The woman apologized to her
and explained, “We didn’t have the green bags back in my day.”
The young chick responded, “That’s our problem today. The former
generation did not care enough about the environment! “
She was right, that generation didn’t have the green thing in its day.
Back then, they returned their milk bottles, soft drink bottles and
beer bottles to the shop. The shop sent them back to the factory
to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same
bottles over and over. They were recycled.
But they didn’t have the green thing back in that old lady’s day.
In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn’t have an
escalator in every store and office building. They walked to the
corner store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower sports utility
vehicle to buy some milk.
But she was right. They didn’t have the green thing in her day.
Back then, they washed the baby’s nappies because they didn’t
have the throw-away kind.
Washing was done once a week by hand (what no machine?) and then
put through a hand operated mangle.
They dried clothes on a line, not in a 2Kw dryer machine – they had
to make do with wind and solar power to dry the clothes.
Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not
always brand-new clothing.
But that old lady is right; they didn’t have the green thing back in
Back then, they had one TV, or radio, in the house – not a TV in
every room and the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief,
not a screen the size of a cricket pitch.
In the kitchen,they blended and stirred by hand because they didn’t
have electric machines to do it for them. When they packaged a
fragile item to send in the mail, they used a crumpled up old newspaper
to cushion it, not styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. They didn’t have
air conditioning, refrigerators, freezers or electric stoves with self
cleaning ovens. They didn’t have battery operated toys, computers,
Back then, they didn’t fire up an engine and burn fuel just to cut
the lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power. They
used hand operated clippers to trim the shrubs.
They exercised by working so they didn’t need to go to a health
club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.
But she’s right; they didn’t have the green thing back then.
They drank from a glass filled from the tap when they were thirsty
instead of using a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water.
They refilled their writing pens with ink instead of throwing away the
old one buying a new pen, and they replaced the razor blades in a
razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade
But they didn’t have the green thing back then.
Back then, people walked or took the bus and kids rode their bikes
to school or rode the school bus instead of turning their mums into
a 24-hour taxi service.
They had one electrical outlet in a room, not
an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And they
didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from
satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find out what was on
at the local cinema or where the nearest milk bar was.
But isn’t it sad the how the current generation gets upset about
how wasteful the old folks were just because
they didn’t have the green thing back then?
Tony’s Viewpoint : Food for thought indeed! The point is that we all need to take action together, now, and on a daily basis, if we are to prolong the life of our planet as we know it, not just for us, but for our childrens’ children.
Just do whatever you can each day to help. Awareness is the first step but you need action to make it count!