Monday, November 14, 2011

And the world didn't end ...Yet.

One of my Facebook friends predicted the other day jokingly that the world would end on 11/11/11. All sorts of funny commentary followed her predictions.

Well, as we all know now, the world did not end, and the only thing that did end this last week is my pile of sticks. The City or Greeley finally came and picked up the stick pile left behind by the huge storm two weeks ago. They came with giant machines and trucks to clean up the 20 X 10 foot pile in the street. It's weird to be able to look out my window again with an unobstructed view. I kind of miss seeing the birds play in the pile. They certainly had fun in it.

I suppose I should be happy and grateful to the City workers. Yet I can't help but feel uneasy about the state of the world. Yesterday the announcement came through the news that the carbon monoxide output of the world has reached new record numbers. Judging from the pollution it doesn't look like we are in an economic crisis at all.

As I sit there sewing up my little dolls I worry about my own carbon footprint. What about my very own actions as a manufacturer of goods? Are my dolls adding to the world's problems rather than helping? I like to think that making dolls from natural fibers and doing a lot of the work by hand is a good thing. But maybe selling them online shipping them all over the world is not. Wow. It's so depressing when they use such terms on the news as "catastrophic" climate change.

The empty space left by the dead trees downed by this last storm serves as a reminder that when nature wreaks havoc we humans are often left truly powerless. What if we create a mess that cannot be cleaned up? We must change our ways or else there may not be a future for our kids and grand kids. What are you doing to lessen your carbon footprint today?


Anonymous said...

You should be proud to be a natural toy maker. So many of the things we surround ourselves with now days have been made in large factories using toxic materials, packed in several layers of plastic, and then shipped halfway around the world. And for what? So our children can conform and have the exact same toys as everyone else. So we can support unfair foreign labor practices rather than our own economy?

germandolls said...

Thanks, Robin! You are right. I shouldn't beat myself up over it.

I get the shivers thinking that most of the stuff we buy in the US is made elsewhere under the worst of conditions for the workers. Sometimes I do wonder what would happen if we all went back to a more locally based marketplace and supported businesses who created their wares responsibly? Could we safe the planet?

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