My only real claim to saving the enviroment was starting recycling program in the seventh grade for my middle school. My English teacher helped. The local news station came to cover the story which by standards these days means it did happen. Other than that and maybe donating a few dollars to saving the whales and the rainforests, welp, that’s about it. I soon become disenchanted with how much has to be done. Was I supposed to lie down in front of a bulldozer in the Amazon rainforest? Can what I do really make a difference? As a result of my limiting beliefs, I stopped caring. I even started to eat meat again during college. Again and again, why bother became the question. There is someone else with more funding, someone with more resources, and someone with more reach than me became the valid conclusion. I more often subscribe to that thinking of someone else can do it or it is just one plastic straw more than I care to admit when I think about our over consumption over producing mentality and the affects of this on our planet as we know it today. Even as I stand at the information tables before the film starts my thoughts swirling Tokyo speed. Our fish are eating clothing fibers? There is something called a guppy bag? Straws in the nose of a sea turtle? Microplastics in our bottled water? I sat at my computer screen for a week staring at photos from the evening and an otherwise blank screen. Even still, as I sit here now, I almost do not even write this. As I listen to some of the audio questions asked during the Q&A after the screening, those from the audience members to the panelists and questions from the moderator to the panelists, the ‘what can I do?’ and ‘will it even make a difference?’ ‘what about this cup?’ or ‘what about this plastic?’ questions came up. Just know that no matter how small an effort, a difference is made.
The Elephant Journal posts a photo in response to voting and not voting and the difference it can make. I think the same idea is true to refusing something as simple and as small as a plastic straw. So the next time you think how can I start? What about this bag and that plastic? The answer, a refusing of a plastic straw.
Since attending the screening, I reached out to a very popular well known fitness establishment regarding switching from plastic straws to paper straws and reusables in the Executive locker rooms in Beverly Hills location. Management said they want to hear more ideas about this and will pass the information along to corporate. The conversation is started at least.
I also reached out to a CEO of very chic cutting edge hotels and resorts brand. His operations team is on it! Hopefully the food and beverage outlets and rooms will switch to paper straws and reusables. This is excellent news.
Crayon Collection and Beverly Hills host the screening and awareness evening at City Hall in Beverly Hills. Green Food truck offers discounted delicious food items. Reusable straws available to take home by making a small donation. There is much information available one could not help but want to be involved, right?
Below are a few iPhone photos and links to each organizations (related section at the end of this post) in attendance that evening. I have also included some of the audio from the Q&A and a video of the affects that a single straw has had on a sea turtle.
Until Next Time..