If an 84 year old grandmother

can do it, so can you!

It’s about making a difference.

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed when you hear or see something that you just know is not right. And you say to yourself “well what can I do”. It’s too big. You feel powerless.

TAKE A STAND photoAfter watching the documentary Divide in Concord, I learned how one person, an 84 year old grandmother, Jean Hill made a difference. When her grandson told her about how the ocean was littered with plastic bottles creating environmental disaster, she decided to take action. She saw no need for single bottles of water and wanted them banned in the town of Concord. The documentary shows her struggles with the town and how bizarrely people behaved to fight the ban. After many attempts, the ban finally went through. As a result, the city is building more water fountains. Many other enlightened cities are also banning single plastic bottles of water.

I read that 60 million plastic water bottles are used every day in the USA! Yickes! I wonder what the figure is worldwide. Some of the plastic bottles are recycled and the rest end up in a garbage heap or floating in the ocean.

Do we really need to be drinking single plastic bottles of water? I get that we want to drink water free of chemicals. Worried about chlorine? Then let it stand overnight and it will evaporate or simply filter your water.

I am in awe of people who see something wrong and try to make a difference. She has encouraged me to stop drinking water out of single plastic bottles. If need be, I will drink the tap water. I filter my water at home and take a stainless steel water bottle with me.
Make a difference. Start by reducing or refusing single plastic bottles of water.

3 thoughts on “If an 84 year old grandmother”

  1. Yes Caryl, One person who has a passion for something they believe in can make a huge difference. Wonderful Blog! It reminds me of the story of the Starfish! When a man came across a young boy throwing starfish back into the ocean after thousands were washed up on shore.. the man asked WHY? The boy said he wanted to save them.. The man said you can’t possible save all these starfish.. And the boy picked up another one and threw it into the ocean and said “well, I made a difference for that one”.
    Its so nice to read how this grandmother made a difference to you … and in turn you are now doing the same for others.

    Linda

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