All human and industrial activities result in generation of waste and byproducts. In the U.S. alone, the amount of waste and byproducts generated on an annual basis is measured in hundreds of millions of tons.
Sadly, even with continual technological innovations and the emergence of new industries that require ongoing development of strategies and effective adaptation of existing methods to improve waste management, the biggest factor is us. As long as we don't take conscious actions in our daily life, the fight to preserve the world for future generations to enjoy will be never-ending. New waste and byproduct streams, such as those containing nano particles, biological matter, and genetic material, pose unique challenges in comparison to more conventional forms of waste.
We have to take action and help in any way possible. We can reduce greenhouse gas emissions totaling to more than the equivalent of 20 million metric tons of carbon dioxide by recycling instead of using landfills and combustion methods. This includes 7.5 million tons of metals broken into aluminum, steel, and mixed metals. This is the equivalent to removing more than 4 million cars from the road for one year.
By choosing our lifestyle carefully, we are in effect helping many other people around the world who have it a lot less fortunate than we do. Giving money to charity instead of splurging on yourself once in a while enables a kid, in some far away country, to get a textbook. Our time here is limited; do not take what you have for granted especially when other can only but dream to have a little of what you have.
Your Time is Limited
Make it count
Now, I am by no means telling anyone, and neither do I want anyone, to go live in a cave, read by candlelight, and eat only wheat grass; I just want everyone to be able to live a comfortable and mindful life while having a minimal negative affect on the rest of the people on the planet. No matter how far away they are and what their culture may be, they are still people and we all share the earth together, regardless of age, religion, sex, or the size of our wallets. If we all do our best to keep in mind the other 6 billion people on the planet every time we shop or make lifestyle changes, we all will be better off. There is nothing wrong with that. Don’t you agree?