Amma Bhagvan Sharnam: World Enviornment Day 5th Jun- Plastic Bag Story

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World Enviornment Day 5th Jun- Plastic Bag Story

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Data released by the United States Environmental Protection Agency shows that somewhere between 500

billion and a trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year.Less than 1% of bags are recycled.

It cost more to recycle a bag than to produce a new one.

- Christian Science Monitor News Paper

 

“There's harsh economics behind bag recycling: It costs $4,000 to process and recycle 1 ton of plastic

bags, which can then be sold on the commodities market for $32”

- Jared Blumenfeld

(Director of San Francisco's Department of the Environment)

Then…

Where Do They Go?

So…

What do we do?

 

A study in 1975, showed oceangoing vessels together dumped 8 million pounds of plastic annually. The real reason that the world's landfills weren't overflowing with plastic was because most of it ended up in an ocean-fill. cid:image001.gif@01C9E5D6.30393F70

Bags get blown around…

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If we use a cloth bag, we can save 6 bags a week we ca

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That's 24 bags a month

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…to different parts of our lands

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…and to our seas, lakes and rivers.

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That's 288 bags a year

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That's 22,176 bags in an average life time in

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Bags find their way into the sea via drains and sewage pipes

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Plastic bags have been found floating north of the Arctic Circle near Spitzbergen, and as far south

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If just 1 out of 5 people in our country did we would save 1,330,560,000,000 bags over our life time

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Bangladesh has banned plastic bags

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Plastic bags account for over 10 percent of the debris washed up on the U.S. coastline

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Plastic bags photodegrade: Over time they break down into smaller, more toxic petro-polymers

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China has banned free plastic bags China hasbanned free plastic bags

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Ireland took the lead in Europe, taxing plastic bags in 2002 and have now reduced plastic bag cid:image040.gif@01C9E5D6.25EC6060

Nearly 200 different species of sea life including whales, dolphins, seals and turtles die due to plastic bags cid:image045.gif@01C9E5D6.25EC6060

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On March 27th 2007, San Francisco becomes first U.S. city to ban plastic bags - NPR.org (National Public Radio)

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It is possible...

 

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Contemplative Questions

Here is a set of questions that would provoke you and put you through some soul searching. They are not about religion nor about ethics. They are merely about you.

They are not meant to serve as solutions nor are they meant to lead you anywhere. These questions are meant to serve as tools to discovering yourself.

1) Do you perceive the Presence of a benevolent force guiding, protecting and shaping your life? What name do you give that Presence? When did you best feel this Presence?

2) What is your opinion of God? Is your opinion drawn from religion, books, parents and or your personal experience of life?

3) Do you pray? Do they get answered? How often?

4) Do you think it is possible to relate to the Divine? What relationship would you opt?

5) Here is a story for you - Two fierce enemies once did a penance to placate god and receive boons vying with each other. God appeared to the first man and asked what he wanted. He said "give me twice of whatever you give my enemy". Then God appeared to the second one. Even before God could say anything he asked, "God, would you please tell me what my enemy asked for? On knowing his prayer request, he said, "then God, blind me in one eye."
Now what would you wish for yourself, your best friend and your worst enemy if God gave you a chance?

6) Have you ever experienced a coincidence or chance that seems to have involved so many people and factors that you can't stop wondering if a mastermind was behind this operation? If yes, do you savour the experience often and have you shared it with someone close to you?

Namaste Amma Abhagvan Sharnam

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