If I am a crazy environmentalist, does that make you a polutist?

People who believe in environmentalism often get stereotyped as liberal- atheist-granola eating-vegan-hippies, but environmentalism is a forward thinking, big picture plan for how to keep the earth that God created, entrusted to us, and asked us to care for, viable. I read recently that four out of five people believe in environmentalism.  If the percentage is that high, why are we who want to save the earth called environmentalists, instead of calling that 1 in 5 person who doesn’t a polutist?


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  1. My Father tended to have a tendency to tell a great “story” but many times it was based on fact … but growing up, it was hard to tell where the line was being drawn.
    Case-in-point … before I was born, the company he worked for transferred him to the “Corporate home” – Schenectady, New York … and he claimed that the wealthiest man in town was the man who owned the garbage service … considering that General Electric was headquartered in Schenectady, that seemed farfetched but who knows. Fast forward to a pleasant boyhood memory … my Father taking off work (and me out of school) to go to the Opening Day baseball game at Cleveland Municipal stadium, and he pointed out the big limos as we walked in, and then pointed out some of the “executives” that were coming out of those limos … then he told me who paid for tickets, liquor, and transportation … it was Cleveland’s largest scrap dealer.
    The point is that there is money to be made in trash ….

    Thus, the question … is there a way to make money out of trash ?
    Well … Sweden does.
    In 2010, U.S. residents recycled 34% of their waste–an embarrassing amount compared to European countries like the Netherlands, Germany, and Austria, where people recycle almost all of their waste. In Sweden, people are so diligent about recycling that just 4% of all trash ends up in landfills, It’s a heartening statistic, but it has led to a problem for the country–there’s not enough garbage to power the country’s large waste-to-energy program. Sweden’s solution: import trash.

    Sweden’s waste incineration program, which began in the 1940s, treats over 2 million tons of waste each year, heats 810,000 homes, and provides electricity for 250,000 homes, all from burning trash. It’s not enough, according to a report from Public Radio International. There’s too much waste incineration capacity and not enough garbage to fill it.

    So Sweden, most likely to the delight of its neighbors, started importing 800,000 tons of trash annually from surrounding countries.

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