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Member Talks: Dotti Kaiser on Plastics and the Environment

I am submitting this because I feel a calling to do so.

In our current BCP on page 384 it is quoted we pray, “For the good earth which God has given us, and for the wisdom and will to conserve it, let us pray to the Lord.”

It is my concern that we, not only in our congregation, but worldwide, are not doing much to preserve our planet for future generations. It has come to my attention that our waters, lakes, ponds, streams, and oceans have become polluted with plastics and much other garbage which cannot dissolve any time soon. It is said that by 2040, at the current rate of this type of disposal, there will be more plastics than fish and other wildlife in the waters. It is my feeling we are not doing much to conserve our planet. Plastics do not deteriorate like paper.

It is easy to say there is nothing I can do about it, but yes, there is. We, as individuals, can do only our little bit as I am trying to by spreading the word to others. We can stop the use of plastic bags where we shop by bringing our own fabric bags. Those who go boating should not dispose of plastic into our lakes, and most of us know that.

I write this because I am deeply concerned about this situation and want to do what I, as one person, can do.

Thank you,

Dotti Kaiser.

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(4 Comments)

  • Becky

    Hello Dottie,
    You are right to be concerned. It was also discovered that now. It it also raining micro plastics.

  • Brenda

    As I write this, I have a nearly-empty plastic water bottle that I opened while doing errands. I am not unaware of the need for conserving our resources. I opted to grab the plastic bottle instead of taking the time to fill up a reusable container that also fits the cupholder in my car. Convenience won out over Conservation. Thank you, Dotti for listening to your call. and bringing this to our attention. Lasting change takes practice.

  • Michelle Breazeale

    Quite right, Dotti! We also have an administration which is rolling back environmental regulations and gutting established rules and regulations and environmental agencies. That is not helpful to the environment or wildlife at all.
    It is going to be up to individuals and states to make a difference regardless of government.

    Peace,
    Michelle

  • Elaine Atkinson

    Thank you, Dottie for speaking up. This is why we use biodegradable plates and cups in the St. James kitchen. (The plastic silverware really bothers me – we are planning to get new silverware. But people need to be willing to wash it!)

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