Sunday, August 6, 2017
THE AVERAGE FAMILY AND MOST CORPORATIONS WERE MORE INTO THE ECOLOGY MOVEMENT IN THE 1940'S THOURGH THE MID 1960'S THAN THE ECOLOGISTS OF TODAY
Sad to say that I am old enough to remember when rank and file people were much more ecological in the past than we are today. We did it as though it was second nature!
I listen to XM's old radio program station. Some of these programs, especially during the World War II period reminded people not to wast precious resources, to save their "drippings" and use it again in place of butter or lard. People were given ration cards to make sure enough resources could go into the war effort and steel and iron were used for military purposes, automobile factories stopped production of new cars.
When I was a child, we did not throw away our glass soft-drink bottles. We brought them back to the store and received our deposit back and these were thoroughly washed and reused by bottling factories.
In fact, I can remember walking to a small grocery story about a mile from where I lived as a second grader, with my friends and collecting bottles thrown out of cars and discarded by others, not as ecologically minded as my family, and getting enough of a deposit back to buy candy bars and other healthy food items like real coke in its original green 6 ounce bottle that had been used over and over again and showed the wear and tear on its outside! You knew when you got an actual new bottle so shinny and smooth! Oh the joy of just remembering!
And my parents insisted that we not waste the food that was placed on our plate as kids in China were starving. To this day I lick my plate after I have spooned the last morsel into my mouth!
And in the early 1960's in Augusta, my father had a friend who would sell us spring water from the springs in his back yard. The water came in a huge glass jar on a contraption that made it easy to pivot without lifting it to pour into pitchers and glasses.
When we didn't drink the spring water, we drank the tap water and didn't complain! There were no plastic bottles, plastic bags or anything plastic that we would throw away!
We didn't need the pope pontificating of ecological concerns, we did it ourselves!