Simple things we can do to reduce our carbon footprint

tip #4-Dispose of waste properly

I’m not completely sure about the magnitude to which burning garbage is done globally, but unfortunately, the practice is a common one in Jamaica as the most “effective” way to dispose of say..private documents and whatever else is flammable…(even things i did not know could be burnt!!)
Seriously?! This practice is such a nuisance! Hundreds, if not thousands of chemicals are released into the atmosphere…obviously this will have negative impacts on the environment. Then people complain about how hot the time is! I wonder why…
Not only does this affect the environment, but even people are oblivious to the fact that people are affected..Asthmatic and other lung problems often develop in the long term.
Its really a simple thing…paper shredders to dispose of private and confidential documents…and you know that old tire you were going to burn? fill it with dirt and plant a tree or shrub….learn to utilize what is around you rather than destroying it…then it will be too late.

that tasteless hard piece of gum

i was so tempted to spit out my gum while i was driving on the road today. why didn’t i do it? actually there have been a number of times when i’ve been stuck in this situation, in which i’ve been SO close in spitting out my gum, but at the last moment refraining… so i thought hard… and here are the answers that i came up with:

1. the paranoia that engulfs me when i think about how someone - a policeman - will want to see who littered and ask a scientist to determine whose the gum belongs to. then smack me with a fat fine that i will have no way of disputing in court because my dna is all over that hard piece of gum. 

2. what would Jesus do?

3. someone - a policeman - will pull me over once they see a piece of gum flying out of the window. then smack me with a fat fine. 

4. what goes around comes around. 

the reasoning really does go through my mind as i contemplate on how i can dispose of my gum in a quick and easy fashion. yeah, you would think there’s enough to worry about already…


Among all the new online magazines, blogs and outlets devoted to photography, Dispose sticks out like a cheap flash at a birthday party. It’s a webzine that publishes — you guessed it — only photographs made with disposable cameras.

Each issue of Dispose features photographs made in a single day by four contributors. No more, no less. The simple premise serves up raw, imperfect and intimate images. The 12 issues published thus far display the creativity the restrictions inspire.

“By using disposable film cameras with a limited amount of 27 exposures, and not allowing any post-production editing, we hope to force a shift back to the art of image-making,” say Dispose co-founders Bruno Levy, Arpana Ramamajhi and Alex Hollender jointly via email, preferring to answer our questions as a group.

Dispose’s contributors — who include weed dealers, musicians, friends, famous photographers, designers and human rights activists, among others — must scrutinize the moments they capture differently than if shooting digitally. Most of the decision-making begins and ends at the moment a contributor presses the button. Levy and company are not editors; they are publishers. Dispose is simply a conduit for the contributors. This state of affairs is partly down to practical decisions about money.

“The process of creating even a small amount of high quality original content is labor intensive, time consuming, and above all, expensive,” say its founders. They wanted to have a global perspective but didn’t have the funds to do it in a traditional way. So instead “the subjects of our stories also act as the authors,” they say.

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