As an attempt at some balance to my recent pessimistically snide comments on CD, I’ll play the optimist for a bit here . . .
I believe we are capable of coming up with positive solutions to ‘problems’, such as single-use plactics. They may be rudimentary, such as paper straws instead of plastic ones. I remember using paper straws when I was a kid.
I happen to live in a community that banned plastic shopping bags. Everyone brings their own reusable cloth bags, or purchases paper ones for five cents each. It doesn’t take much effort, and the cloth bags are more durable anyway, and are often quite decorative. It’s just a matter of perspective.
But the faith, if you can call it that, which I have in current and future generations is that they can, and will, invent and create the sorts of components to our daily lives that will seem ‘duh!’ simple, once they’ve shown them to us.
If nothing else, there are obviously segments of the global community which are willing to approach things differently, to change behaviors and practices, to shift their perspective, and that should encourage us to do more . . . or, conversely, in this particular instance, do less.