Keeping Positive...some reasons why

I've spoken to some of my friends about consumerism, the environment and our generation. In my sociology class it was really difficult not to get depressed, realizing that our generation (specifically in the developed world) is trained to consume and throwaway what is no longer "useful". Where "useful" can mean the item is trendy and meets the latest fashion requirements, not just if it works and does what you need it to do.

But I got some news for you from the Additupontario.ca website that made me realize that we can still make a difference. We already have made a difference in fact.
- 40 years ago lead pollution was a major problem, now they are only a fraction of the levels they used to be because we reduced lead in gas and removed it from our paint
- 30 years ago acid rain damaged many ecosystems, however after reducing emissions many ecosystems are recovering
- 15 years ago CFCs and other aerosol chemicals were destroying the ozone layer, but they have been banned and the ozone layer is beginning to recover

We have done all this, but we can do more. It's not the end of the world yet, but we have to make sure it doesn't get to that point by acting now. As long as we keep working towards a green sustainable future, we can make a difference!

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