Which generation was "Greener"?

Willski 2012/05/14 13:34:12
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This question inspired by an e-mail i just received from my Grandfather.
(My apologies for the formatting.)


Checking out at Morrisons, the young cashier suggested to
the older woman that she should bring
her own grocery bags because plastic
bags weren't good for the environment.

The woman apologised and explained, "We didn't have
this green thing back in my earlier days."

The assistant responded, "That's our problem today.
Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future
generations." She was right - our
generation didn't have the green thing in its day.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soft drink bottles
and beer bottles to the shop. The shop sent them back to the plant to be
washed, sterilised and refilled, so it
could use the same bottles over and over.
So they really were recycled. But
we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

We walked up stairs because we didn't have a lift or
escalator in every store and office building.
We walked to the grocers and didn't climb into a 200-horsepower machine
every time we had to go two blocks. But
she was right. We didn't have the green
thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby's nappies because we didn't
have the throw-away kind. We dried
clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling
machine burning up 2000 watts -- wind and solar power really did dry our
clothes back then. Kids got hand-me-down
clothes from their brothers or sisters,
not always brand-new clothing. But that
young lady is right. We didn't have the
green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV or radio in the house -- not a
TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief not a
screen the size of Yorkshire. In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we
didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the post, we used wadded up old
newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.
Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn petrol just to cut the
lawn. We used a push mower that ran on
human power. We exercised by working so
we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on
electricity. But she's right. We didn't have the green thing back then.

When we were thirsty we drank from a tap instead of
drinking from a plastic bottle of water ( or worse, Cola!) shipped from the
other side of the world. We refilled
writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the blades
in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor when the blade got
dull. But we didn't have the green thing
back then.

Back then, people took the bus and kids rode their bikes
to school or walked instead of turning their mums into a 24-hour taxi
service. We had one electrical socket in
a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to
receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to
find the nearest fish and chip shop.

But isn't it sad that the current generation laments how
wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back

Please forward this on to another selfish, grumpy old git
who needs a lesson in conservation from a smartarse young person.

Remember: Don't
make old people angry.

We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't
take much to piss us off!!!

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  • Willski 2012/05/14 13:41:50
    None of the above
    I'd say, now on an industrial level, We are. On a personal level, they were but it wasn't a conscious decision so much as just the technological level of the time.
  • Mike 2012/05/14 13:38:37 (edited)
    The (currenlty) Old generation
    Good post - true

    I can't speak for other states, but in central Florida the younger generation doesn't think twice about throwing their trash out the car window. I'm not saying all do this
  • apostate 2012/05/14 13:36:51
    None of the above
    The pre industrial revolution generations.
  • Willski apostate 2012/05/14 13:42:44
    Hehe, yeah. Even when they raised eachothers cities they were still cleaner then modern civilization.

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