Paper or plastic?

By Shari Friedel

PCP Production Mgr

I really hate what we humans are doing to the earth. 

The list of endangered animals grows each year. Elephants are disappearing at the hands of poachers, for their ivory. Other beautiful creatures are hunted for their skins. Garbage is being dumped into waters with no regard for the animals that call it home.

There are things we can do to at least slow the pollution process. It all comes down to reduce, reuse and recycle. Here’s an additional thought: in refuse to purchase things we really don’t need. Most of us, myself included, have an overabundance of “stuff.”

I just finished reading a book about a pioneer family living in the late 1800s. Many people at that time survived on the most basic possessions: a tiny cabin, a wardrobe consisting of one Sunday outfit and another for the rest of the week; a bed, table and chairs, a few dishes and not much else. Not that I would want to go back to that kind of bare bones existence, but there has to be a happy medium between that and today’s excesses. 

For every single item we consider purchasing, we should be mindful of the consequences. Ask, “Do I really need this?” and, “Is the packaging reusable or recyclable?”

We make choices at the grocery store every day—paper or plastic. There are arguments on both sides as to which is “greener.”  

The best choice may be reusable shopping bags. I own several of these, and sometimes I even remember to bring them along when I go to the store. In honor of Earth Day, April 22, I’m resolving to do better.

I recently learned from a news show segment that it’s been predicted that in just a few decades, there will be more pieces of plastic in the ocean than fish! My first reaction to this was, “Someone needs to do something...” 

Well, here’s someone who is doing something. Joel Sartore, who happens to be from Nebraska, and is a contributing photographer for National Geographic, has compiled a collection of animal photographs he calls “Photo Ark.” As Noah collected animals in his ark to save before the first destruction of the earth, Sartore has made it his life’s work to gather photos to impress upon people the beauty of earth’s creatures, and create awareness of the plight of some of the endangered species. Each photo has a simple black or white background, with full focus on the details of the animal.  

Residents of Perkins County and beyond have the unique opportunity to see a portion of Sartore’s collection at our very own Meadowlark Gallery on main street in Grant, thanks to the efforts of Gallery Manager DeeAnn Tatum, and funds from dedicated donors. The collection, on loan by the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney, is on display during April and May. The gallery is open Friday and Saturday evenings from 6-8 p.m. and noon-1 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Go on down and revel in nature’s beauty!

Perkins County Post

P.O. Box 751
Grant, NE 69140