Mrs. Lloyed-Jones/ ESL 803
May 15, 2012
Wasting our Planet
Tons and tons of waste in almost every American household is being thrown away at this point as we speak. According to “Human Footprint: Where Does All the Stuff Go?” by Dan Kulpinski, “Americans generated 251 million tons of trash in 2006, the most recent year for which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has data.” The American culture is one of the worst populations that can’t prevent waste. Some attitudes, lifestyle choices and characteristics that the culture in the United Stated has that causes waste is carelessness, lack of planning, and lack of education about the harm in being wasteful.
Being careless can cause many Americans to be wasteful. They don't realize that there is not enough resources in the world to keep on wasting them. For example, water in California is something that slowly is disappearing, yet Americans take very long showers, not realizing that eventually they won't have any. If one keeps on taking long showers, wasting the water away, there won't be any left in the future. Careless people also only focus about themselves that causes them to waste things such as food. Many rich homes in America tend to throw away there leftovers. Most of the time it is a lot of food because they tend go big in everything. They don't realize that there are a lot of homeless people wanting that food they threw away. There careless and wasteful doing this and not even thinking about it. In my house since we were little my mom always told us to finish everything on our plate. Since we come from a low income family food is very important. Throwing food for us is like losing a diamond ring for a rich person. Food is very valuable. Landfills are full with our food just sitting there for years composing slowly. It is sad to think that even my gran children will still be around the food we wasted.
The lack of planning ahead can also cause us to be very wasteful. In...