The Concrete Jungle

God loved the birds and invented trees.

Man loved the birds and invented cages.

Jacques Deval

How far have we strayed from Adam and Eve’s paradise?  Humorist Art Buchwald wrote:

And Man created the plastic bag and the tin and aluminum can and the cellophane wrapper and the paper plate, and this was good because Man could then take his automobile and buy all his food in one place and He could save that which was good to eat in the refrigerator and throw away that which had no further use.  And soon the earth was covered with plastic bags and aluminum cans and paper plates and disposable bottles and there was nowhere to sit down or walk, and Man shook his head and cried:  “Look at this Godawful mess!”

Because everyday is Earth Day, click on “Leave a Comment” beside the title of this article to share your practical ideas for living green and showing kindness to our planet, not just on April 22nd:

1. Reuse:  Pack a trashless lunch (or picnic) that fills your stomach, not a landfill.  Reuse empty glass bottles to hold water (handy to grab and go for car rides, too,) pack food in washable glass or metal food containers, and use real cutlery wrapped in cloth napkins.

2. Reduce:  Save a tree without buying new equipment with Kindle for your computer…  My indestructible LL Bean canvas totes sat patiently in the trunk of my car for a full year before I actually got into the habit of taking them into the grocery store with me.   My next ambition is to remember to bring my own washable containers for the fishmonger. 😉

3.  Recycle:  Donate women’s business attires to Dress for Success, cellphones/computers/cameras to Recycling for Charities, and packing materials (like styrofoam peanuts and bubble wrap) to your local shipping store.  Libraries are happy to get your used books, CDs, DVDs– even their empty cases.  The Lions Club is likely to have a dropbox for used eyeglasses at your post office.

4. Refuse:  Before buying the next new and improved version of the latest and the greatest, take a moment to ask “Do I really need this?”

Thank you for leaving a comment and adding your ideas for creating paradise and mothering our little corner of this earth.


Concrete Jungle by Sharon Birke

Concrete Jungle by Sharon Birke

© Sharon Birke

201 697 1947

Portraits of the Goddess in Every Wife & Mother

Concrete Jungle by Sharon Birke www.PowerfulGoddess.comxoxox

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. robertc2211
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 11:41:28

    The upside and downside.

    Is it better if we continue to go paperless with our monthly billing and statements? I think so. I prefer to see an email rather than an envelope in my mailbox. Many trees can breathe easier and help us do the same. The downside, our Post Office is already in financial trouble and that certainly will cost jobs. Progress!!

    Pet peeve!!! A recent snow brought the usual snowbirds to my area to enjoy sliding down the hills and hit a loved one with a friendly snowball. As the snow melted I was so darn mad (cleaned that up) to see the trash left behind by some thoughtless slobs. Plastic drink containers that should have been recycled or at least disposed of properly. The upside, the Caltrans crew that manicures our mountain road has job security. Isn’t the world a more beautiful place without looking at trash along our highways? I think so!

    As always Sharky, beautiful goddess’s sharing themselves through the lens of your camera and an artistic eye.



    • Powerful Goddess Photography
      Apr 21, 2012 @ 00:35:07

      I share your pet peeve over plastic litter, Mountain. You’re right about the mess creating jobs that feeds families… It”s all good.


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