Vyacheslav Stoyanov REcycle:
Many thanks for your activities in my blog. I made you administrator in CYCLE MEDITERRANEAN 2010 cycling relay-race around the Mediterranean Sea group. You can use my group like yours. :) Slav
Cool Slav, thanks for extending this invitation! I hope we can partner in the future on another expedition too. I am working on planning for the PanAmerican in 2012. Your campaign experience is definitely great to see in action. Already you have met many people from different cultures, languages, but all connected through the Mediterranean Sea. Environmental focus is key to moving people towards a healthier world, what better way to promote this, than on a bicycle! Well Done! Keep it up!!!!
Vyacheslav Stoyanov: [excerpt from his website, please visit & donate to the 2010 campaign] (:
Are we going to give Nature a chance?
- If we plant a tree or other vegetation.
- If we help a plant or an animal survive.
- If we use water wisely and keep water sources clean, if we do not pollute the soil and keep the air we breathe clean.
- If we reduce our garbage output and dispose of it in appropriate way.
- If we educate ourselves on contributing for better quality of life to all people.
- If we change our attitude towards our natural habitat.
- If we help others learn how to take care of their habitat.
- If we draw at least one follower to the cause of preserving the Earth clean for her children.
Unknowingly, we feed on an industry producing plastic, as Vyacheslav has so appropriately described as "Islands of plastic garbage" that are in fact, are visible in environmental pollution now seen around the world. The chemicals eventually leech into the water we drink, the air we breathe, the environment-which we depend on for our own survival and the sustainability of other living things which share a place on this Earth.
Desertification in some areas, rising sea levels in others, melting of the polar ice caps are leading to catastrophic changes in local, regional, and global ecosystems. The garbage produced by humans to package elements such as water, is purely disregarding the natural habitat that once flourished on Earth. In order to reverse the effects of environmental degradation, we should begin to look at the packaging of products that we consume each day, look at the weekly accumulation, and think about where all those plastic bottles and containers come from and where they end up going in the process.
Perhaps, the physical act of 'just throwing it away,' makes it all too easy to lose sight of where it was created in the first place.
I am considering it now [not to generalize, but to give a specific example], reflective of the dozens of "Gatorade" bottles I've consumed and recycled, but still contributed to this endless of cycle of producing and consuming products made of plastic that cannot be reused. The reality is that any material created must be destroyed while it is recycled - in that process, there is more pollution being created. Therefore, I have switched to the reusable bottles for cycling and stopped purchasing those products designed without the ecosystem in mind.
- I am using reusable water bottles for cycling and refilling at public places now (no more commercial gatorade bottles to throw away senselessly)
- I am using fresh fruits and vegetables as fuel on cycling expedition training in South Korea.
- Using less electricity/gas in lighting/heating the apartment
- Using fans instead of air conditioners in hot summer climate
- Using water sparingly for washing dishes, wear more clothes indoors and turn down/off the heat required without it.
- Stop buying food products in non-reusable packaging.