Gary Screaton Page, O.M.C., M.Ed., Ph.D., R.C.C.*


 *Under Letters Patent Government of Canada


    Plastics in Paradise - You Can Be An Agent of Change

    The tragedy is compounded by our virtually inextricable connection to plastics now that "Pandora" is out of the box. I remember in elementary school how we were told plastics would serve the world so well and make life better than ever. And, atomic energy was to give us unlimited energy -- the cost was not counted!

    We still have little understanding of the impact of plastics of all kinds on our own health. Petrochemicals are not the blessing we once thought -- quite the contrary. Yet, we still pursue new uses for them!

    Recent studies show that there is no area of the oceans of the world that do not contain trace amounts of plastic often at a microscopic or molecular level. They are already changing the ecological system. The long-term consequences we can only imagine and only now are seeing in our human health. I was very saddened to see the amount of plastic -- especially plastic water bottles -- in the deepest, darkest areas of the ocean. Sadly, out of sight out of mind.

    Imagine the debris that is heading to Canada's Western coast from the earthquake and resultant tsunami in Japan. Perhaps its arrival will wake us up, but not likely. We are only now seeing the tip of the iceberg! Few people, I am sure, would still not want to have plastics.

    As one in "twilight years" I weep for my grandchildren and great grandchildren. You could be the one who changes all that!


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