Old English flEogan to fly -- more at FLY
Saturday, July 5, 2008
What we leave behind
We went to the "premier" of WALL•E. Cute movie, no doubt. I can't think of a cuter way to portray a post-apocalyptic world covered in toxic waste. Because it was the "premier", the beautiful El Capitan theater in Hollywood handed out on the way in plastic buckets of popcorn and plastic soda bottles. On the way out, the ushers handed each of us WALL•E LED watches. Come on: For real? Didn't we just watch an hour and forty minutes of Pixar very cutely convincing us to wean ourselves from thoughtless consumer waste? Whatever.
So, this Internet is telling me these buckets will biodegrade in somewhere between 1000 and 1 million years (nobody's been able to watch the decomposition in real time). And there is the note that the decomposition time will decrease as the Earth's temperature rises. See? Global warming is not all bad: We might get a plastic bottle to disappear in a few hundred years, if we bring the surface temperature up to 150 degrees.
Did you know there is an island of plastic floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean that is the size of the State of Texas? Or twice the size? Or twice the size of the United States? I kind of doubt that last estimation. But the size of Texas is big enough in my opinion. No doubt some WALL•E popcorn buckets will somehow make their way out there to make it the size of Texas plus two buckets.
Nothing against Johnny Depp's hand and foot prints in the cement in front of Grumman's Chinese Theater. I like them just fine. As for me, though, I hope I don't leave too much of a lasting mark on the Earth.
And, yes, this butterfly landed on my son and stayed there. I've mentioned the strange way he attracts butterflies before.