Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Why Should You Bother to Save Cans?

In the last few weeks, I’ve had people say to me “wow, saving cans … what a good idea … help your cat while helping the environment” as well as “what’s the point of saving cans? You’ve recycled more than 300 and that’s not even $20.”

Now, my thinking is more along the lines of the first comment. Save your cans and donate them to charity, in particular, to Wampi, to help us pay his staggering vet bills.

But there’s more to the story.

According to some statistics $500 million dollars worth of aluminum cans go wasted each year. This drives up consumer prices, fills up landfills, and creates a need for more aluminum which requires the mining of bauxite ore deposits. So much energy, so many resources! Recycling cans relies on natural gas and requires 95% less energy than the electricity needed with the making of new aluminum.

Still, those are some of the recycling facts, but in my heart I knew there was another reason I’ve asked people to recycle cans. It has to do with my belief that we all have choices in our lives.

Big choices, small choices, hard choices, easy ones.

After Wampi’s “accident,” so many people asked me if I was going to “put him down.” The thought horrified me. Here was this beautiful, sweet, otherwise healthy cat, whose life hung in the balance because some sicko threw him off the roof … and I didn’t have the money to pay for his surgery.

I was faced with a choice.

The easy choice would have been to put him to sleep. He’d be out of pain and I wouldn’t be faced with a $5,000 vet bill in addition to all the bills from just having a baby. The thought made me want to puke.

The harder choice – the right choice – was to approve Wampi’s surgery and find a way to pay for his recovery. I didn’t have to think through the choices, I knew I had to save him and I’d figure out a way to pay for it later.

Isn’t that what you would do if you were faced with the same choice for someone you loved? You would find a way and you would make it work.

When you decide whether or not to recycle those few cans, you are faced with a choice. Not an emotional one like the one I faced with saving Wampi’s life, but a complex one nonetheless.

By recycling those cans and plastic bottles you can help the environment, the nation’s economy -- and if you donate the proceeds to a charity of your choice -- you help others deal with the difficult, sometimes life-threatening choices they face. And it doesn't cost you anything.

Help a child, help a cat, help a shelter, help the tsunami relief effort, or help a neighborhood project. Whatever. Even one can makes a difference.

The choice is yours.

posted by Cam at 11:02:00 AM |

6 Comments:

Blogger Aaron the Truck Driver said...

That picture.

On the side.
The right side.

It is not right.

Its too thin, or its not right.

Its not right.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005 11:46:00 AM  
Blogger Cam said...

hmmm...doesn't seem to display properly in IE ... I'll fix it now. Thanks for reporting it to me.

//cam

Wednesday, July 06, 2005 12:00:00 PM  
Blogger Cam said...

OK, it should be fixed ... looks good in firefox and IE. Please let me know if there are any more problems. Thanks!

//cam

Wednesday, July 06, 2005 12:33:00 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

I believe that if a person takes on the responsibility of a pet, they should take that responsibility seriously as if it were their child. That's just my opinion.

I can't donate a whole lot of cash but I can donate time and effort.

Please visit my site and look to the right under the heading "my causes"

let me know if you'd like the information to pass along to your supporters.

Sincerely,

Shannon

ps...I have 4 cats and I don't know that I would have or still be as gracious as you are being with regard to who might have done this to Wampi.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005 2:09:00 PM  
Blogger Cam said...

Hi Shannon,

I had to hold my tongue and honestly, I couldn't even talk to some of the people who suggested I put my cat to sleep. One of them was a vet! That one made me the angriest of all ... a vet giving up on my cat.

I agree with you that if you have a pet, you take on the responsibility of caring for it. He's part of my family and I would never abandon or give up on someone I love.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005 3:12:00 PM  
Blogger Cam said...

I love your site! Very inspirational. =) I know that not all people can donate money to help Wampi ... just visiting my site and supporting the sponsors helps. Other people have written articles and posted pictures about Wampi and that's been great.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005 3:29:00 PM  

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