Wednesday, February 24, 2010

carbon (or is it carbon fiber?) footprint

One thing I love about the kiwis is there concern for the environment. As I mentioned in my earlier write-up of the Opera in the Park event, it was a zero waste, pack it in, pack it out event. And people obliged. These folks are very concerned about the impact they make on this globe we share and the awareness level gives me reason for hope that someday we, in America, can do the same. Here is another example. The mail is delivered every day except Sunday here, just like at home. What is different is that the mail carriers have no trucks. They ride bicycles. And I want you to know that this is not flat terrain. There are very steep hills that these folks need to climb, and they do so with very basic 5 speed bicycles with a basket holding their mail. I spoke with the mail carrier in the photo about it and she said she does 5 routes a day, rain or shine, on her bicycle. She said she has no need for a gym membership and after climbing a couple of these hills myself, I believe it!

1 comment:

  1. That's amazing! We have a lot to learn from our global citizens.