I am an environmentalist. I hold two college degrees in the environmental field. I am a college instructor in
environmental issues for the Albany campus of Bryant & Stratton College and for Southern
Vermont College in Bennington, Vermont.
Why am I in the environmental field? Because I wanted to
do something important with my life, and I am convinced that the environment is more important than any other discipline. I
don't mean to insult or condescend any other discipline, but I made a realization: all of the civil rights, human rights and
social causes that people are fighting for would be lost if the environment was destroyed. That's when I realized my life's
Perhaps another way to explain my interest in environmental matters is the following:
Eight Reasons Why There is Nothing More Important Than Protecting the Environment
by Jack Flatley, Sierra Club of Pennsylvania
It is wrong to leave a diminished world to our children and grandchildren.
The poor and powerless are the first to suffer from pollution.
We have no right to contribute to the extinction of any creature on the earth.
It is wrong for a child to be sick for even one day, only for profit to overrule care of our environment.
Health is the greatest gift a person has, and risking it is a society’s most reckless action.
A world of, by, and for man alone -- apart from and alienated from nature -- is a sad and diminished world.
Clean air, pure water, and healthy foods are the foundation of everything else in this world.
We are of the earth itself, and in harming the earth, we harm our spirits and degrade ourselves.
(By the way, it is purely by coincidence that the Smargon Plastic Machinery Company has to do with molding plastic bottles, which are, of course, recyclable.)