treat the planet as if it gives us all life, because it does.
Effective Policy includes recycling and picking up litter
- Be a super-hero for the planet!
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Super heroes have been a popular theme online in previous years and a frequent theme of internet jokes. A few years ago I wrote a picture book in response to the joking theme of super-heroes but my theme wasn't about anyone or any superhero in particular. My suggestion was that we all can be our own superhero and a superhero for the planet. Our own health and the health of the planet starts with our daily choices that we make individually and as groups.
We can't change group decisions or legal policies on our own but we can each choose to pick up litter and put it in a trash can or recycling bin, depending on the type of litter. And we can also each choose to not buy products that have excessive packaging - pack a lunch and use a stainless steel refillable water bottle and save the planet and your pocketbook from excessive cost.
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Some additional food for thought:
Reducing use of phosphorus containing fertilizers, now, could help reduce acidic fertilizer run-off from adding to ocean acidity and it could save money for the farmer while conserving the limited supply of phosphorus. Looking for solutions to business problems that also help protect the planet often can be cost effective.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle was a motto that helped clean up the air and water in the United States during the 1970's. We know that teamwork and public policy changes can work wonders because it has worked wonders in the past.
As a child my family went on many community litter pick ups to help clean up the roadsides of litter that was frequently thrown out of cars at the time. Laws were written so that police could write tickets for people who were caught littering from moving automobiles and slowly our habits changed. More public trash cans and recycling bins were made available at roadside rest areas and that also helped change habits.
Litter is still thrown out of moving cars but there does seem to be less roadside litter in many areas than there was in the early 1970s.
Understanding of the impact of chemicals on amphibians: a meta-analytic review,(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3434931/)
We are at the top of the food chain. Wildlife helps support life in general and having adequate wetlands help prevent flooding and helps detoxify some types of chemicals. It can take ten to twenty years for plants to help remove cadmium and zinc from contaminated soil. Lead is more challenging according to research performed in Denmark.
Other research on the use of plants to help clean contaminated sites has found sunflowers and Indian mustard to be effective at removing lead and radiation from contaminated soil.
Some research in wetlands has found that the common and easy to grow plant known as Cattail is effective for removing cadmium:
Environmental cleanup is possible however it takes time and physical labor and some resources in the form of plants and compost or fertilizer to help improve poor soil conditions. Humans can help the environment if we try.
There is also a significant need for more jobs for workers. Simple environmental clean up solutions would require investment but compared to many large budget projects the investment wouldn't need to be much greater than paying the workers to prepare sites by removing invasive plants and preparing the soil and establishing new more productive plants.
A cleaner environment would support healthier and more diverse wildlife which has been shown to harbor less harmful infectious disease carrying microbes as well as providing cleaner water and soil for future generations. Investing small amounts of money now could support more workers now and help protect our ecosystem and wildlife for future generations to enjoy as well as protecting the air, water, and soil for them.