Monday, May 14, 2018

Canada yesterday, today and tomorrow?

The endangered white Kermode Bear, Wikipedia photo
Great Bear Rainforest, 
British Columbia, Canada

Haida houses and totems, Skidegate, British Columbia
(pronounced approximately 'skid-uh-git' —emphasis on 'skid')
1878 photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Above: Haida Gwaii, formerly 'Queen Charlotte Islands'

I'm back!

Here I am: that annoying (some might even say fear-mongering) Canadian: an anti-pollution British Columbian now living in southeastern Alberta.

So...we think death by garbage can't happen to just about every country in the world? And we think it can't kill the planet while it's at it? We are very wrong.

First, something to think about: our very own Fiona, who hosts Our World Tuesday, lives in Sweden, a country fighting every day against death by garbage...

and winning! 

Yes, Sweden is winning the garbage war!

We now know the fight is not yet lost, people, but for many of us the end might just be in sight.

For another point of view, I'll soon let you know what my friend Robin, and his co-author Assa Doron, have to say about garbage in their latest book: Waste of a Nation.

Meanwhile, here is Canada's new future in a few randomly-chosen but semi-organized links for your information and consideration.

British Columbia government and the contamination issue:

(Not new news. October 2015.)



eileeninmd said...

Hello, love the bear. It is sad they are endangered. Pollution is terrible, we can all help by pitching in and cleaning up. Enjoy your day and new week ahead!

mick said...

Great photos - especially the bear! Garbage is a major problem everywhere - and a responsibility for everyone.

carol l mckenna said...

Great trip and lovely photos ~ love the bear and the totem poles!

Wishing you a Happy Week ahead,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
I just don't get why we can't incinerate more and produce power from it... recycle, reuse... hey ho. Och, what am I saying? There are no oil-size profits in it. Silly YAM. xx

Lady Fi said...

Sweden is importing rubbish because we don't have enough of our own to use for power! We also convert our food waste into bio-fuel.

rupam sarma said...

Thanks for the post.

Penelope Puddlisms said...

Sweden is great! We really must all get a handle especially on the plastics where microscopic fibers infiltrate ocean life and those who subsequently eat ocean life. It would be a shame to drown in our own trash … such a ridiculous way to go!

Joyful said...

We can learn a lot from Sweden. I wonder why we are so very slow to learn.

colleen Looseleafnotes said...

Another reason to live in Sweden. And i have some ancestry there.

Hootin' Anni said...

I often see barges carrying garbage out to sea to dump it! Sure, some of it may be consumed by sealife...some may quickly rot in the salt water...but I can't help but wonder about the poisons left behind.

Kay L. Davies said...

Yes, sea creatures may eat some of the garbage, and some of the garbage might kill the sealife. It's a no-win situation.

Pea bea said...

Hi glad you commented on Pictorial Tuesday so that I could come visit. I can never find a place to comment on Our World Tuesday but do try to always link up.

Peabea from Peabea Scribbles

magiceye said...

Sweden indeed is doing a fantastic job of treating garbage the way it should be! It is time the rest of the world sat up and took notice.

Birgitta said...

Great photos!

stardust said...

Sweden is a good role model. Chinese ban on plastic waste imports has made some countries worry about leakage of plastic into the environment. Now it’s time to build up and support nation’s own recycling industry before depending on other countries.

Jo said...

Hello dear Kay, thought provoking post about a subject close to my heart. Sweden sure has the answer. But I was appalled to reading Anni's comment about garbage still being dumped in the ocean! Kay, thank you for visiting my blog so regularly and commenting. Sorry the comments disappear but I did get the last sweet one on my upside down position. Bless you. Hugs Jo

Fun60 said...

Great photo of the bear. We all need to do our bit no matter how small it may seem in the great scheme of things.

Cloudia said...

Glad to see you! Thanks for a fun and informative post

NatureFootstep said...

well, the plastic war is not won yet. But people certainly have become aware of the problem :) I live in Sweden :)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

It is too bad we can't learn from other countries who are more successful at fighting these concerns. But in this (formerly great) country south of your border, our so-called leaders won't even admit there is any problem.