Green me up Scottie!

The Green Ghoen

 All this fuss about being white, black or coloured is a puff of smoke in the bigger picture of things.

The only colour that really matters is Green!  And in how green are you?

From my early childhood I can remember a book titled Die Groen Ghoen written by well known Afrikaans writer PH Nortjé.  Last year Gys de Villiers used roughly the same title and wrote a play called Groen Ghoen. A play that ask questions about how man is treating our one and only planet, mother earth.

I have decided that I will name my new recycle bin, in honour of the book and play, Die Groen Ghoen (The Big Green Marble).

The act of christening my bin fills me with anticipation and excitement. There may just be enough time left to save the earth … and ourselves.

 Let’s look at just a few recycling benefits:

  • A well-run recycling program cost less to operate than waste collection, land filling and incineration.
  • Recycling creates four jobs for every one created in the waste management and disposal industries.
  • Every ton of paper that is recycled saves 17 trees.
  • The energy we save when we recycle one glass bottle is enough to light a light bulb for four hours.
  • Recycling conserves natural resources, such as timber, water and minerals.

It’s a proven fact that recycling benefits both the economy and the environment. And what benefits these two, benefits me and you!

Come on, where’s your recycle bin? 

Dit is nou of nooit!

Our generation has inherited an incredibly beautiful world from our parents and they from their parents. It is in our hands whether our children and their children inherit the same world. We must not be the generation responsible for irreversibly damaging the environment. – Richard Branson

Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans. – Jacques Cousteau

Beam me up Scotty. There’s no intelligent life down here. – Bumper Sticker



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