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The ‘upstream’ impact starts with us

Efficiency experts tell companies to go to the source of the issue if they want to solve the downstream problem. Don’t worry about fixing the logjam; go upstream to the source of the logs.

The same approach applies to the trash idiot dolts discard. If it’s not picked up and recycled or disposed of properly, the net effect is that there is a good chance plastic  bottles,

So what's the next stop for this cup? The Catawba River - and on to the Carolina coast? I am the upstream caretaker. Keeping flotsam from the waterways starts with me.

So what’s the next stop for this cup? The Catawba River – and on to the Carolina coast? I am the upstream caretaker. Keeping flotsam from the waterways starts with me.

bits of styrofoam, drinking straws and virtually anything else can waltz into our environment and waterways unchecked with long-term, detrimental effects.

Look no further than the sickening photos of Chris Jordan (http://www.chrisjordan.com/gallery/midway). Man’s reach is bobbing up and down in the furthest oceans; no place is safe from us, it would seem.

This is where you and I come in. We are the upstream. Every bottle cap we stoop to conquer, every piece of floatable styrofoam, every shard of plastic you and I remove from the environmental loop reduces the downstream impact.

It’s up to us. We are at the head of the trash chain.

About Dave Bradley (264 Articles)
I was a writer by trade so one would think letters would come easily for me. It is so now, but wasn't always that way. Indeed, the first letter was written the Monday after Ellen started her freshman year in college. For years I've wondered - with no good answers - why I swiveled my office chair toward my computer screen to fire up a word processing document for that first letter. I just don't know. I just did. Perhaps it was the angst of separation or wanting to say things that had gone unsaid at that moment when we parted ways in front of her college dormitory. What was a one-off became habitual. When her brother Reid enrolled in the same college, his name was added to the salutation line. They were kids then and are adults now. No matter. The letter writing habit remains so today. I live in Brevard, North Carolina. I'm well away from where they live and don't see them nearly as often as I'd like. That's why letters, at least to me, fill the void of distance. The pages give me something to say and the space to say it. There is no assurance they read the letters; indeed, I have never asked if they do so. With the pace of their busy lives who could blame them for letting a letter sit unopened? Over time, it has dawned on me that the letters are both communicative - and cathartic. By nature, letters are about the writer; the writer can only write about their situation. Perhaps that is as it should be. It's all about the here and now from one person's perspective.

1 Comment on The ‘upstream’ impact starts with us

  1. Reminds me of a simple lesson learned in the Boy Scouts: leave the land in a natural state as you found it. Thanks for your quest to preserve nature and its inherent beauty!

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