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Made in America...or Globally?
Globalization...localization...satisfaction, climate change. They are all choices among the decisions we can make for a more sustainable community and world.
It's not that I'm against global trade. It's just that balance would be nice! For instance, the following item circulating in humor circles on the Internet pretty well describes the non-balance that we face in our everyday choices. A dose of localism might be prudent!
John Smith started the day early having set his
(MADE IN JAPAN )for 6am.
While his coffeepot
(MADE IN CHINA )
was perking, he shaved with his
(MADE IN HONG KONG ).
He put on a
(MADE IN SRI LANKA),
(MADE IN SINGAPORE)
and tennis shoes
(MADE IN KOREA)
After cooking his breakfast in his new
(MADE IN INDIA)
he sat down with his
(MADE IN MEXICO)
to see how much he could spend today. After setting his
(MADE IN TAIWAN )
(MADE IN INDIA )
he got in his car
(MADE IN GERMANY )
filled it with GAS
(from Saudi Arabia )
and continued his search
for a good paying AMERICAN JOB.
At the end of yet another
and fruitless day
(Made In Malaysia ),
John decided to relax for a while.
He put on his sandals
(MADE IN BRAZIL)
poured himself a glass of wine
(MADE IN FRANCE)
and turned on his TV
(MADE IN INDONESIA),
and then wondered why he can't find
a good paying job
There's a green solution or two or twenty to consider here too.
- Transportation burns fossil fuels...creates pollution and climate change. And ships use the dirtiest fuel available. Local is greener.
- Landfills collect these kinds of consumer products at their end of life in a disposable society. Few are recyclable or recycled. Less is greener.
- Exporting frequently disrupts traditional cultural systems and displaces workers. Yes, they can also raise a nation out of poverty, temporarily. Balanced local commerce and exporting to nearby countries is greener.
- Social justice in factories in undeveloped countries is sometimes "wanting". Respect is greener.
- Energy consumption of unnecessary electronic appliances is growing and produces greenhouse gases since most electricity comes from dirty fossil fuels. Manual is greener.
- Serving your local community by making local products and exchanging them has its own sustainable rewards. Relationships are greener.
- Thriving local economies are greener -- stable communities, low transportation, transparency, mutual support...they are also respectful and sustainable all around the world.
- Everything in moderation...my mother used to say!
Edited by Carolyn Allen, owner/editor of California Green Solutions