GINTA – Can we get used to using less water, less plastic and less food?

Are we ready for a little less green? (Image: Mel Rothenburger)

I SAW THE DRY yellow pastures and lawns as soon as we got close to the ferry terminal. As if nothing but rain was to bring any water to the parched land.

This was Salt Spring Island, but the other islands we passed by during our ferry ride were the same. Dry grass everywhere.

At the same time, the island has farm stands everywhere and a bustling farmer’s market every Saturday. Clearly, water is being used, but judiciously.

A lady we chatted with confirmed that lawns are not watered in the summer. Why waste the water, she said?

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2 Comments on GINTA – Can we get used to using less water, less plastic and less food?

  1. Ian MacKenzie // July 30, 2018 at 2:35 PM // Reply

    Great article, Daniela. I’m getting better, but better keep reminding me till it becomes habitual. BTW I seem to remember before plastic came around that we used newspapers in our garbage cans. Are there other options?

  2. We can of course live with less, we actually are a very adaptable specie. What we need is a strong political leadership willing to overcome the prevalent attitude of “you can’t tell me what to do” type. We presently don’t have anyone lined up.

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