Doesn’t need much comment does it?

But it does beg the question of what constitutes ‘a better world’?

On the way home from a short holiday we stopped in Bristol for lunch. We went to some deli and weren’t exactly blown away, but it wasn’t horrible.

What made it really interesting was the bag they gave us to carry our lunch outside of the deli. See the picture below.

In case you can’t read it the bag says ‘Bins get hungry too, please feed them.’ Right next to a recycling logo.

Maybe I’m being really picky, but this bag presents very contrasting messages. England has a garbage, litter or rubbish problem. People just have little problem littering where ever they feel like. It’s very frustrating, really depressing and frankly shocking to see someone be so cavalier as to through junk mail on the side walk or finish their McDonalds and just throw the wrapper on the sidewalk/pavement. So I’m sure the message on the bag is telling people to throw their garbage/rubbish in the bin and not on the ground, sidewalk or pavement.

But how do you put that message right next to a recycling symbol on a bag that can clearly be reused and recycled? Is the recycling logo on this bag there just because it’s culturally acceptable to have a recycling logo on things that can be recycled so that it gives the business giving out the bags environmental cache?

This bag is a good reminder to me that I must work towards consistency in terms of my use and consumption. I must work harder to reduce the amount that I consume, to reuse what I do use and recycle everything that can’t be reused and to constantly ask myself it is something I need to begin with.

It’s also a good reminder to me to be consistent in the beliefs that I hold to be true and that I project. I can not believe something and act on it only when it’s convenient, which is the message of the bag that says ‘Recycle if you’re really committed, but otherwise just bin it.’

And in the meantime, I won’t be frequenting a resturant/deli that passively encourages people to throw away things that can be reused and recycled.

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything here…in part because I’ve been pretty busy with reading for school and haven’t come across anything that has got me too fired up. Then I was watching the CNN world report that they show here in the UK and saw a story that just made me shake my head in dismay.

President Obama held a press release yesterday announcing the he is opening areas on most of the east coast of the United States, areas north of Alaska and possibly part of the coast of the coast of Florida for off-shore drilling and gas drilling. This move is mystifying on a host of levels.
1) The environmental impact. I won’t say much more on this, as people will either agree or disagree on this one…you either get it or you don’t…and sadly if you’re an evangelical Christian (like I am) in North America the odds are you don’t get it because a passion for God’s creation and environmental concern clash with your theology of blessing as you rock your Chevy Suburban on it’s 1.5 mile drive to the supermarket.
2) The article states up front this is a play to get bi-partisan support for other environmental legislation before the mid-term elections in November. Yet the reaction from Republicans is predictable, Obama didn’t go far enough. The only thing that will make most Republicans happy is unlimited access to Prudhoe Bay.
3) He campaigned against new off shore drilling!!!
4) And perhaps most significantly is, he wants to open access to drilling where there is little oil and that is recognized by most experts. If there was substantial oil and gas there wouldn’t they have been begging for access already? Peep the video from CNNfor confirmation on this one. It’s an interview with Boone Pickens, former British Petroleum big wig.

I know politics is a tough game President Obama, but no thanks. The price isn’t worth it on this one.