With a bulldoze-and-burn waste management ‘strategy’, soaring fossil fuel prices and disappearing wild, native habitat; it’s time to look once again, Bahamas, at the little things. The little things we can all do. The little things that add up to be a big difference maker.
Things like:Reusing ziploc bags, plastic cups, and plastic bags. The cups we accumulate at bars and festivals form a never-ending supply in our household. The alternative would be they’d fill a trash can, be moved to the dump and burnt. Number and name them, see how long they stick around!
Checking your tire pressure. People laughed when President Obama suggested the very same in one of his first speeches. But I’m glad to quote him as a source. Better miles per gallon and longer-lasting tires are worth getting dirty for. The less fossil fuels we use, the less drilling, less shipping, less money you’ll spend on it, all the way down the chain to less oil spills heading our way.
Advocacy. This ain’t the 60s anymore, we don’t march, or wear peace shirt signs – well a lot of us don’t anyway. But speaking of fossil fuels, the Cay Sal Bank area in the southern Bahamas is under-the-gun once again by the oil drillers. Speak up about it. Nowadays internet advocacy is powerful and the social media sites are huge. Speak up, text, blog, or for the old-fashioned, make a phone call.
Maybe that last one’s not so little, but I had to get it in there.
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There’s so many little things. You’ll find your own and ones you already do and don’t even think about. And that’s just what these little things become, part of your everyday routine that just make you feel better everyday.Tom Glucksmann, originally from New Providence, has been running eco-adventure tours here in Eleuthera for the last seven years with his company Bahamas Out Island Adventures. Email him at email@example.com
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