Live Simply

August 9, 2010 at 10:39 am 9 comments

Live Simply
Location: San Francisco, California
 
Summer is a time to let go and be free and be yourself. It’s a time to take time off from work and enjoy nature. The sunny beaches. The parks. The lakes. The green forests. Oh, it feels good just to think about it. It’s unfortunate that summer has its bad side. It’s also a time when we put a lot of strain in the environment.

In the first place, It seems that the best stuff that nature can offer are usually far from where we live. This requires us to drive and consume gas and contribute to global warming. And when we arrive there, what do we do? We make our presence felt by polluting the place. For instance, we celebrate the outdoor by cooking barbecues with charcoal which contaminates the air by releasing hydrocarbons and tiny soot particles to whoever can breathe them.

In summer, we tend to pamper ourselves. It gives us an excuse to be liberal with our spending to look good and feel good to the detriment of our pocketbook and the environment.

One of the best/worst ways to indulge ourselves is to go on a cruise. I confess that I had been on several cruises in the past and enjoyed every moment. When you’re on a cruise, you feel like royalty. But now I’m not sure if I can still afford the luxury without my conscience bothering me.

According to the Bluewater Network, “A typical cruise ship in a one-week voyage generates more than 50 tons of garbage, one million gallons of graywater (waste water from sinks, showers, galleys, and laundry facilities), 210,000 gallons of sewage, and 35,000 gallons of oil-contaminated water. Most of this waste is dumped directly into the ocean, some treated, some not. In addition, luxury liners spew a range of pollutants into the air that can lead to acid rain and contribute to global warming.”

As I marveled at the ruins of Pompeii during my visit to Southern Italy, the local guide commented that the place hasn’t been fully excavated to ensure that there would be something left for future generations to discover. In the same vein, shouldn’t we do the same on a larger scale? Shouldn’t we help protect the planet and leave something beautiful behind for those who’ll be around long after we’re gone?

Perhaps we can start by simply putting this bumper sticker on our cars, “Live simply that others may simply live.”

By the way, does anybody know the original source of this quote? It would only be appropriate to have the person duly recognized.

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  • 1. someone who used to be your friend  |  August 9, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    i never felt soooo much concern for the environment like you do. for me as long as i dont litter and use gas much, i did my part of being a good citizen of this world. wow! theres much more pala…

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    • 2. plaridel  |  August 10, 2010 at 10:16 am

      sub:

      every little thing helps. 🙂

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  • 3. sub  |  August 9, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    grrrr, what’s with the name you might ask. ooops sorry i used that for my other friend’s blog. not for you.

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  • 4. Shumai  |  August 12, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    It has been attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, although no sources can be found to confirm it.

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    • 5. plaridel  |  August 13, 2010 at 10:40 am

      shumai:

      thanks. even if it didn’t come from him, it sounds so gandhi-like. 🙂

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  • 6. AC  |  August 13, 2010 at 3:38 am

    awwww… ive long been wanting to go on a cruise but my schedule (and pocket haha!) doesnt permit me to do so, but with this fact that i learned from you.. uhmmm.. i dont know. perhaps my conscience would also bother me.

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    • 7. plaridel  |  August 13, 2010 at 10:42 am

      ac:

      the purpose of my post is not to discourage people from going on a cruise, but to bring public awareness to what’s going on behind the scenes. cruise ships must bear responsibility for harming the environment and must learn to clean up their acts before it’s too late.

      going on a cruise is quite an experience. you should try it when you get the chance. 🙂

      Reply
  • 8. sub  |  April 16, 2011 at 12:01 am

    i know you have written something about luxury liners so i search you blog and i proved myself right..

    whew! thanks for this reminder again..

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    • 9. plaridel  |  April 20, 2011 at 7:25 am

      sub:

      are you planning to go on a cruise? have a happy easter.

      Reply

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