Monday, September 25, 2006
Earth Charter parts I and II and II
The seventh principle of the Earth Charter says: “Adopt patterns of production, consumption and reproduction that safeguard Earth’s regenerative capacities, human rights and community well-being.” The easiest part of this principle to see at work in the world is the act of recycling, reusing and reducing our consumption of resources, which is the first section of principle seven. Three photos I took represent that well. In one I’m reading a book by the window with daylight streaming in, eliminating the need to use electric lights. Having recycling containers available on campus makes recycling goods that can be recycled easy and convenient for everyone. My recycling photo shows Nick Gumm throwing a plastic container into the plastic and glass recycling bin in the Arts and Communications building. Another way to reduce the amount of resources people use is by using public transit. In my photo, Valencia Waters of Oshkosh commutes downtown by bus instead of by car. She doesn't have a car so she commutes to work and for other errands. But, reducing the amount of resources people use is not only good for the environment but good for saving money as well. Saving money always makes it easier to make the right decisions for the planet.