Day 11. - Fighting the Egregious Companies...Power of the Pocketbook!
Boycotting by not purchasing products or services from companies that have shown unscrupulous practices will wake them up and change them.
The recent environmental revolution has been brought on by the publicís becoming more environmentally aware and tiring of slow government oversight of large corporations fighting to maintain their market share with no regard to pollution or our best interests financially or health wise. Car companies have developed the technology we need today for higher fuel mileage, but are fighting at the congressional level to delay giving it to us. Why would they do that? One reason is that all present day cars...including the new models they are trying to pass on to us -- would quickly become obsolete as the cost to drive them compared to the higher MPG cars would prove them too expensive to drive. So instead of stepping up to the task and biting the bullet and producing the cars we need today, it is easier to influence a couple folks in Congress to vote in their favor, not ours.
This lobbying practice is common with petroleum companies and the health care industry, and the public suffers from lack of options. Other environmental practices that take place in neighborhoods across the world and are repeated regularly are a little easier to note on a daily basis. This can be anything from an airplane repeatedly flying over the beach with a banner advertisement behind it to your local car wash flooding windshields with ads placed haphazardly under windshield wipers. The messages are directed to the public, but to what cost? Beside the noise pollution, consider the petroleum used to fly that plane, the actual materials used on the short-term banner, the traveling involved in getting the banner made and then to the airplane company, and the final disposal of the banner...all compared to the small targeted audience who will actually pay attention over the couple hour fly-by. The flyer on your windshield, well I know how much you like that, especially when it flies off into the air because you didnít notice it while paying more attention to driving away.
Consider some of these ideas/practices:
Large corporations lobbying for pollution.
Large corporations lobbying against higher gas mileage standards.
Corporations who move out of the State or Country to avoid necessary worldwide environmental standards.
Pharmaceutical companies whose drugs end up in our drinking water.
Companies that break local ordinances that are specific to problems in certain regions.
Companies that produce products that are not designed for an afterlife.
Companiesí landscapings and upkeep, including water use and practices
Those companies who send Junk Mail (and eMail)
Windshield Flyers...a business practice that is not tolerable.
Las Vegas...This city in the middle of a desert with no regard to electrical or water conservation.
Personal Helicopter & Airplane use
Trucks maintaining their own lane and paying for the additional costs that their use causes taxpayers.