When I was little, pollution was not, or it did not seem like, a complicated problem. Pollution, as I or Chief Iron Eyes Cody1 saw it, as people throwing trash out of a car. The tag line was something like, "People start pollution. People can stop it." Either that, or keep your gosh darned trash in the car, people. I cannot remember which.
Pollution seemed so much more simple. Even though we were in the Industrial Revolution with smokestacks sending all sorts of things into the air and environment, we were worried about the trash thrown out of cars.
Then it turns out, people started suing companies when their kids got cancer at a higher rate, or their lawn started glowing at night, or for whatever reason. Superfunds were created to pay for the cleanup, and I sort of am guessing here, but I am guessing that taxpayers funded most of this cleanup. The companies were doing us a favor, you know, creating jobs and making transistors. Or whatever they were making.
Some lake up north even started burning. Can you imagine having a lake burn because of the trash and whatever in the lake? A tad more unnerving than a Mars bar candy wrapper thrown by the side of the road.
Now we have things like light pollution and noise pollution. I learned about light pollution in school – an astronomy lesson. Heard a few years ago that LA suffered from a blackout, and 911 was flooded with calls from people who saw these strange lights in the sky. Strange that some Los Angeles natives did not ever expect to see stars in their sky – all on account of light pollution.
I attribute noise pollution to politicians – not because they are not addressing the problem, but because they are the problem. Okay, that was a little harsh. Noise pollution can be a bit subjective. I consider noise pollution when I am stopped at a red light and have someone's booming bass rattle my fillings. Perhaps jackhammers and such, when someone is making improvements to their house by taking out the concrete that they no longer need is a better example. Few enjoy listening to jackhammers at eight in the morning.
So now, what kind of tagline should we have to stop pollution?
Pollution. Ignoring it has not solved the problem. Yet …
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1The Native American who shed a tear in the 1970s ad campaign (that seemed to last until the 80s).
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