Friday, July 04, 2008

4th of July

In the U.S.A. the 4th of July is Independence Day and most people will be enjoying a national holiday. The U.S. Census Bureau provides a list of statistics for the typical 4th of July. Beef, lettuce, potatoes and fireworks are on the list. I think the celebration is great and I don't want to criticize but we need to look at this from a broader perspective. Think about the environmental impact of everything that goes into a typical celebration and multiply it across the U.S. A lot of transporting of food, those fireworks travel a long way from China and how clean are the conditions when picking the lettuce. It illustrates the point of how if we all changed one thing we could make a big difference and what we do impacts the world around us.

Go enjoy the 4th of July remembering that many people in the world believe in the same ideals of liberty and will be celebrating with you.


Lydia said...

I was thinking of the environmental impact that the Fourth of July had, too... Sort of gets you down.

Brenda said...

It is awful that a joyous celebration has all the junk that comes with it for me though I would add the noise pollution factor! For us in VA. it is a week before the 4th and a week after of loud fireworks!
and of course none of them pick up the remains of the discharged fireworks!

BBC said...

Hey, don't get me started about fireworks, you know how I get.