First off, I’m sorry! I know I promised last time that I would be back with more information about BC’s wonderful renewable energy grid, I can’t help but change the topic ever so slightly this month.
If you have connected with me on Fruitful English already, you’ll know that I finally achieved my dream: I’m back in Japan! I couldn’t be happier, especially now that the rainy season is over, and all my clothing has finally started to dry out. I swear, I didn’t see the sun for the first week or more that I was here… But I digress.
Though I said I’d be changing the subject, I’m not doing a complete about face. Instead, I wanted to lament something that I didn’t remember from my previous times in Japan, but has definitely come back to me since being back.
From my previous writings, you’ve probably noticed that BC is relatively progressive when it comes from the environment. Of course, that doesn’t go for everyone, and my parents are no better than the average person, if I’m being honest. But, I have to say that I notice a lot of fairly wasteful behaviour in Japan.
First off, I asked my friend when I first arrived if he had a spare wine bottle. He did, and asked why I wanted it. I mentioned that I would use it as a water bottle at home.
His question, shockingly, was ‘Why don’t you buy a bottle from the store?’ I’ll let that sink in for a bit.
Now, I know that my friend doesn’t speak for the entire country, so to speak ;), but he’s far from an outlier either. I am truly surprised at how little the country seems to have come since I was last here, from an environmental perspective.
I noticed that bags are no longer free. And yet, my friend still has a massive bundle of bags in his house, and I would say that 90% of people where I live still buy single-use bags. In Canada, that trend died out years ago, and I still can’t understand why it hasn’t here either. After all, Japan has no oil resources of its own, so it has to be either buying those bags from abroad, or at least importing the oil itself, at a higher and higher price nowadays. It just doesn’t make economic or environmental sense!
Oh no, I’m rambling and I’m out of time. I don’t want to make this sound like a rant, so I’ll end on a high note. I love all my friends here, and I got the warmest welcomes from everyone. Now, I’ll just have to teach them to pick up a piece of garbage or 2 every time they come back from the beach, and we can really make a difference!
座右の名”The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for.”