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According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average American produces more than 4 pounds of garbage per day. That’s more than double the amount produced in 1960, and it’s 50 percent more than the amount produced by Western Europeans.

And they have habit of blaming third world nations like Bharat for pollution?

Unfortunately, Indians now live life like an American, at least in cities. They also produce same amount of garbage. Creating ugly future for their kids.

I see Nation as an outcome of the culture. Since Indian metros prefer to live in culture of extreme consumerism, I see modern Indians cities as colonies of the United States whose culture is rapidly pervading in all layers of Indian urban society. So we, the city dwellers, are now equal partners in crimes.

Some of us argue: Well, I have started living life with minimal approach.

– We practice ‘being green’.
– We buy ‘non-CFC refrigarators’.
– We ‘car pool’ and cycle geared cycles.
– We avoid ‘eating out’ and splurgeing.

The vast majority in this country have no refrigarators, walk and rarely even own a cycle, and can never afford even 3 meals with dal-rice at home. Why is their simplicity not spoken of admiringly ?

The ‘carbon footprint’ is the smallest. We sit and pat each other’s back for our small gestures.

I cannot stand the words ‘green’ and ‘minimalism’ any more. With age my willingness to put up with idiocy has come down.

(With all my self concsious ‘environmental concsiousness’ I would consume 100 times more than the unassuming villager – of plastics, and if everything else. I would also ‘lecture’.)”

Think about it. Reduce. Recycle. Not as a token gesture but in reality!

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