May 25, 2013

Blue sky, green leaves, and white clouds on a spring day.

Copyright 2013 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Today was a glorious spring day-not much humidity, temperatures in the low 60s, and a breeze that made it feel cooler yet.  All in all it was a wonderful day to be outside.  Depending on where you look, that is.

Tires and debris thrown near woods.

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Not ten yards from where that first photograph was made, was the scene above.  This one presents a much different view and feel to the being outdoors.

Closer view of tires and debris thrown in woods.

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According to the Environmental Protection Agency, in 2003 the United States generated approximately 290 million scrap tires.

Closeup of two tires thrown in woods.

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Historically, the majority of these tires ended up in landfills or were thrown by the wayside and created a number of environmental and health hazards, as described by the EPA’s website.  However, as with many products, tires can be recycled into usable materials-please read through the EPA’s website for more information.  The key here is that they need to be recycled in a responsible manner and tires cannot do that themselves.

As an aside, this is the 100th post to this blog.  While it may or may not be a coincidence that this particular post is about both trash and the environment, it is certainly true that these are fairly consistent themes throughout the history of this blog.  No one will ever confuse me with being an optimist and with good reason, as evidenced by posts like this one.  However, I feel that it is important to add my voice to the many concerned about these, and other, socio-environmental dilemmas.  We, as a global community, are facing many enormous problems:  the interaction between our consumption and subsequent environmental degradation is one of the biggest.  It is hoped that in some way this blog raises awareness to, and is a call to action for, the need for each one of us to take individual, personal, responsibility for finding and implementing healthy and sustainable resolutions to these issues.  The photos in this current post are illustrative of those answers we most certainly do not need.

Thanks to all who have found your way here-your readership is appreciated.

Take care.


One Response to “Contrasts”

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