Wednesday, May 19, 2010
stuff I saw
The stuff that we buy, the stuff that fills our cupboards, closets, and houses just doesn't end. I saw this train transporting stuff from the west coast of Canada passing through my town.
Of course, the stuff doesn't originate in the west coast of Canada. The stuff comes from China and gets shipped in huge container ships to the ports in British Columbia. It's part of containerization, that is standardizing the movement of stuff around the world. Part of this stuff then gets loaded onto trains (the other part gets transported by tractor trailers) which cross Canada to reach southern Ontario.
Our stuff is just never ending. It really makes you wonder, do the people who are concerned about the environment and working conditions in China actually exist here in Canada? Who is buying all this stuff? Why with all the information at our fingertips here on the World Wide Web about how problematic all this stuff is do we not do anything about this stuff? Why does stuff continue to happen?