Say what you will about the film Tomorrowland (2015), inspired by Disneyland’s retro-futuristic land theme, but the film was making some great points. We’ve been living carelessly and it’s finally caught up to us. This post goes a little beyond Disneyland, we have to care about our environment. Paying attention to how much businesses are using up natural resources is no longer a hippie’s concern, anyone who claims residency on earth should be worried.
I used to think, what difference does it make if I use a straw or not? I may be using a reusable straw and taking my own tote bags to the grocery store but I still drive a car that uses gas, I still eat meat and don’t garden enough.
But thinking like that didn’t get me anywhere; thinking like that doesn’t help the environment. Instead I focus on the little bit of good I’m contributing to the effort’s of others who are also contributing a little bit in their own ways.
Tips for being a tree-hugger
Let us all be a community that helps our environment. Here’s a few easy, effortless ways to help contribute to environment awareness and preservation through little….you know what I mean:
use less plastic. Not only does non-biodegradable plastic take hundred of years to decompose, it can end up in our seas, polluting it and harming marine life.
Paper straws, or even better, reusable straws. China Closet on Main Street and Starbucks sell reusable plastic straws.
Reusable bags. The Disneyland Resort sells reusable bags in three different sizes than can be purchased during check out at majority of the stores.
Don’t use lids for drinks. Most adults are capable of drinking from a cup without a lid. Of course there are exceptions but for the majority that are perfectly capable of drinking without lids shouldn’t use them so as to help minimize the waste of lids.
Use reusable water bottles. Multiple companies and brands make water bottle that can be refilled, help keep drinks cool or hot and are convenient for carrying. Disneyland sells all kinds of water bottles including plastic/metal tumblers, plastic children’s sippers, insulated coffee cups, etc.
use trash/recycle bins. Disneyland goes through so much waste in a single day, but not all of it is trash. Help the park waste less by ensuring we toss our trash in the proper bins. Also, using the bins in general. Trash left on the floor can end up in the sewer and into the ocean.
use less paper. Using a lot of paper can contribute to waste. Use resources offered at the parks to help with wasting less paper.
Don’t grab a map every time you enter the park. The most that changes from maps is the cover which means it’s safe to reuse the same map over and over. More conveniently, the Disneyland app has a map that covers both parks and Downtown Disney.
Limit how many napkins are grabbed from the dispenser when dining. The average person could get by with less than a handful per meal. Grabbing an excessive amount of napkins raises the chances of wind blowing them away, being left on tables or being thrown out without being used.
Our parks, and environment as a whole, need to be taken care of. It may seem like small, insignificant steps but if half the thousands of guests of the resort did little steps, that’d be thousands of little steps that would be contributing to making our world, and our lovely park, a better place.
Here’s a quote from the film that really got me thinking about my contribution:
Let's imagine... if you glimpsed the future, you were frightened by what you saw, what would you do with that information? You would go to... the politicians, captains of industry? And how would you convince them? Data? Facts? Good luck! The only facts they won't challenge are the ones that keep the wheels greased and the dollars rolling in. But what if... what if there was a way of skipping the middle man and putting the critical news directly into everyone's head? The probability of wide-spread annihilation kept going up. The only way to stop it was to show it. To scare people straight. Because, what reasonable human being wouldn't be galvanized by the potential destruction of everything they've ever known or loved? To save civilization, I would show its collapse. But, how do you think this vision was received? How do you think people responded to the prospect of imminent doom? They gobbled it up like a chocolate eclair! They didn't fear their demise, they re-packaged it. It could be enjoyed as video-games, as TV shows, books, movies, the entire world wholeheartedly embraced the apocalypse and sprinted towards it with gleeful abandon. Meanwhile, your Earth was crumbling all around you. You've got simultaneous epidemics of obesity and starvation. Explain that one! Bees and butterflies start to disappear, the glaciers melt, algae blooms. All around you the coal mine canaries are dropping dead and you won't take the hint! In every moment there's the possibility of a better future, but you people won't believe it. And because you won't believe it you won't do what is necessary to make it a reality. So, you dwell on this terrible future. You resign yourselves to it for one reason, because *that* future does not ask anything of you today. So yes, we saw the iceberg and warned the Titanic. But you all just steered for it anyway full steam ahead. Why? Because you want to sink! You gave up! It's not the monitor's fault. That's yours.
- Tomorrowland 2015