Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 52 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Location: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Thinking about "Earth Day"

This past Tuesday was "earth day", secular holiday started in the 1970's to 'save the earth'. Of course, with the global warming scare/hoax going on, earth day has reclaimed some popularity.

Earth day this year happened to also be trash day in my neighborhood. I thought of this since it followed a wonderful weather weekend. Because of that, there were LOTS of paper bags and trash cans of yard clippings, sticks, etc. on the curb to be composted. Also next to the cans were the recycling bins with paper (a naturally renewable resource) glass, metals and plastics.

Recycling makes us feel good. And on earth day perhaps even more so.

But what gets lost in all that is the one completely NOT renewable resource, one which impacts national security and causes pollution - Diesel Fuel.
Because we have Trash, Yard Clippings, and Recycling we had SIX truck trips down our block on earth day (6 because the three different trucks do each side of the block separately!!!).

Is wasting 4 (perhaps 5) extra trips of diesel fuel worth recycling much of what is otherwise renewable resources?