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It was interesting to read in your September issue that "Americans overwhelmingly
support the environment," [because] very few people are changing their
wasteful habits. In my neighborhood, very few (if any) drive less (some
people still drive two to three blocks to the swimming pool!) . I know
of hardly anyone who takes a reusable shopping bag to the store. Few people
pay a little extra to buy recycled products. Throwaway paper plates and
cups can be seen everywhere.
Perhaps environmental groups (such as the Sierra Club) need to make
people more aware of the importance of changing one's own wasteful habits.
TV announcements would reach the largest number of people newspaper articles
are also very important. Just saying you want protection for the environment
is simply not enough. Everyone has to do their part.
Like most people today, I am very busy, extremely overloaded with details,
commitments and responsibilities. To be frank, I have no extra time to
write this congressperson, that senator, that committee, this legislative
office--nor even the president, for that matter! is there any way to streamline
The Planet is a terrific effort, and I feel better informed as a result
of reading it. Unfortunately, there is just so much to be done, so much
at stake, and the frustration mounts.
--Laurel A. Grady
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