|Discarded whiskey flask (Lyndeborough Glass Co. bottle, c. late 1800's),|
found in Fairhaven Bay basin in 2012
|Old trash dump in Concord woods|
I now live in a foresighted community whose programs for recycling, freecycling, land conservation, eating locally, and municipal energy sustainability have become national inspirations. Tonight, our Town Meeting will, for a third time, be taking up a vote to ban bottled water sales in the town. This is an initiative that may feel as inconvenient and inconceivable to some as did many of the ideas of environmental responsibility and cleanup that emerged in the pioneering days of the 1970's. But on closer inspection, our intentional shift away from dependence on bottled water could have huge implications for reining in a global plastics trash issue that's out of control, protecting water sovereignty for our community aquifers (from multinational corporate interests), and stimulating creative solutions for portable, potable drinking water solutions that are environmentally sustainable.
|Plastic bottles TAP sculpture, by Turville, Lawson, et al - supporting TM Article 32|