Monday, November 30, 2009
I was reading today about 10 tips for having an environmentally friendly Thanksgiving, and I thought it was interesting that we have talked about all of these ideas that were listed in class. The ideas range from eating local and organic food to staying at home and inviting neighbors. Some other ideas are to reduce, reuse and recycle, and making your own decorations. The ideas are all very basic and something that every person could do this holiday season.
The holidays are a time of travel and shopping and in most aspects are a very environmentally unfriendly time. We buy things we don’t need and many times these things are packaged in plastic. We travel places we don’t need to go. We use electricity we don’t need to use; most of us light our trees and have decorations that use electricity. Many of us also make way more food than we eat. So much food is thrown away on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and at our holiday parties. For example for Thanksgiving my family had dinner for 7 people we had one large turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, Brussels sprouts, rolls, squash, and 4 pies for desert. There was so much food left over like I’m sure there was around the country. All the leftover food was saved but not all of it will get eaten. I think that this is a time of year we should cut back a little we don’t need everything we get this time of year, and we need to realize that so we can have what we think we need to have for a happy holiday season other people around the world are being exploited and are not able to have even a fraction of what we have.