Forget NYC 2030, What About SanFran ’07?

Well San Francisco did it again. They beat New York at its own game. With NYC 2030 in the works, San Francisco shows Mayor Bloomberg and all of New York that they won’t wait until 2030 to start saving the planet.

San Francisco’s Mayor Gavin Newsom has said no to bottle water. Citing that bottled water is a burden on the city and on the environment, Mayor Newsom has issued an executive order banning all city departments from purchasing bottled water, effective July 1st. As of December 1st, 2007, they can’t even buy bottled water for water coolers.

As you know, plastic is like the Terminator, it’ll always be back. In fact, it never goes away. Plastic doesn’t deteriorate, and thus disposing of it is a very expensive process. From the making of plastic, transporting it and disposing of it, plastic is just a strain on the environment. By Mayor Newsom getting rid of plastic in San Francisco, there environment will be just that much better. Over a billion plastic bottles go to California’s landfills each year.

Have you seen the commercial where the team of business people is on a mountain lift tow and their cart gets stuck in mid air, hundreds of feet above the ground? One guy starts yammering about how if everyone should think good thoughts and the lift will just to work itself out in a matter of time. Of course nothing happens. And then one of the other guys finds an emergency start button, and it works.

Well, Mayor Newsom pressed the emergency start button, and Mayor Bloomberg apparently likes to think good thoughts. And while I applaud the idea of NYC 2030, I would much rather see NYC 2007, and then NYC 2008, and then NYC 2009. I know governments and businesses like to see the big picture and look years down the road, but if we don’t start taking care of the environment now, there might not be an NYC to save in 2015, 2020 or 2030.

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