Friday, July 15, 2011

Nature Green Vancouver.

With the rest of Canada burning in scorching heat, we seem to be having it good in Vancouver , BC. It is still wet and dull outside not typical of July weather at all.
July usually rains at night and during the day we have the brightest of sunshine.
BC vows that by the year 2020 it will go totally green.

I am still busy chopping black berry bushes and making headway I think. lol
We filled so many bags full of the prickly things and this is by no means a favorite job to do. lol
The prickles sometimes go through the thickest of gloves and I tore few pants in the process as well.
Black berries are very good to eat . We have so many here around Surrey and Delta but every time they build a new house they destroy tons of these plants and leave roots which then still push up long after the contractor is gone. And yet in some soils , they will not grow at all.


Here is a typical view of todays' generation verses yesterdays.
In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.

The woman apologized to her and explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day."
The clerk responded " That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment."

She was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.

But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.

But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

So true;we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana.
In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us.
When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.
Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she's right; we didn't have the green thing back then.
We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water.
We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But we didn't have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service.
We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then?
Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart young person.


George said...

I've read something similar before, and, of course, the article is right -- we didn't have the green thing back when I was growing up. Judging from the commercials and ads, we should have been miserable being without so many things, but we weren't.

A Lady's Life said...

George - I think a lot of things were better. People were nicer more trust worthy and you got what you paid for. Today is a pay and pay world with no results.

Gattina said...

So I don't have to imigrate to your place ! apparently it's the same. Imagine we had the coldest day yesterday 12°C in July ! Since the "weatherman" exists !!

A Lady's Life said...

Gattina Yes the weather is very funny this year.
Today its still raining when the interior is very hot. We have days when people die from the heat.