Yesterday, my (partly) naive world was awakened!
(I am not actually a naive guy, but in this case, perhaps?)
Part of the career exposure / information part of the GAP YEAR PROGRAMME I have been running – I take the students to various places.
Yesterday, I took the students to Kraaifontein Waste Management Centre.
I wanted to show them – where the recycling that we do on campus – goes to.
Here are some pictures:
To not make this post too long winded: I learnt a lot from that visit.
It’s great to know most items can be recycled and then are put back into the industry to make other things.
I learnt that a lot of our recycling is exported to China, Japan and India.
But I think what WOKE ME UP (or saddened me) was the MOTIVE of it all:
The reasons why people recycle:
1) People recycle, because there is money involved in it.
2) Also (in the case if businesses) one cannot dump at the local landfill sites – there are restriction fines / costs involved.
Hmm, (as one of the students remarked) “money does make the world go around”
DOES ANYONE RECYCLE BECAUSE THEY CARE FOR THE EARTH?
That’s always been my motive!
Whatever you believe, this world, needs us to care for it!
For sustainability sake (the new buzz word in business)…
For our children’s sake…
In the scriptures there is this verse: “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.” (Psalm 24: 1) – That’s ample motivation for me! I go green because I care!
There is this row of trees…
In Winston Park (near Hillcrest, KZN, South Africa)
The trees stand tall and proud on both sides of the road entering Winston Park.
What I like about those trees is this – the people who planted them many years ago – are probably dead (have passed on).
They never got to see how stunning the trees look in their adulthood.
But they PLANTED those trees anyway.
For the future generation.
They did something selfless for others…
So in conclusion:
I recycle, because I care for the world.