Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Ecological Footprint Redux
So, as I approached the flattened poop in my comfortable pair of winter boots, I thought about my own ecological footprint, or at least a few of its features. I know there are enough cows in Plumas County to supply boot leather to the entire human population of the county. What I don't know is whether ANY of our locally produced cow skin becomes boots. If so, it may well get shipped to some Asian country on gigantic freighters to be made into shoes in factories unsafe for the people who work in them, then shipped back by freighter or airplane to be marketed to us. My $150 boots might bring $1 to the factory and who knows, maybe $50 to various advertising entities, shoe store overhead, etc., etc., and here I am thinking about the cows in my neighborhood that might be the source of the leather. My ecological footprint is frankly embarrassing, although there's a limit to what I can do about it in the short run. I call the photo and this blog post "ecological footprint redux" because it reminds me of many elements of our impart on nature, the tire print not the least of these. Another is the composition of the poop. It is obviously mostly apples from a nearby tree planted by humans which tempts the local bears to abandon their natural food supply and stroll into town to gorge on fruit trees we've planted. And then there's the pavement beneath the poop. The wars fought to keep the oil flowing.... Oh my. Happy New Year. Oh, this marks 365 blog posts for 2013. This also marks 1500 posts since the blog began. I love round numbers. Actually, I love all numbers. I'm going to celebrate tonight. Are you? My resolution: do some sensible things in 2014.