Like us you probably don't think too much about how the things we purchase got to the store. Were they created locally? Chances are these days, they didn't. Of course, all of us want to find the best deal but at what expense?
Long Beach residents Bill and Gisele Thompson made a 10 minute, little hand held movie after getting involved in community meetings and hearing the impact that the Port of Los Angeles/ Long Beach has on our environment.
Our home isn't an especially "green", we recycle, we do what we can but we would not describe ourselves as overly eco-crazed. Knowing that, the information in the Thompson's video was fairly alarming to us, I suppose because it is truly at our back door.
We encourage you to watch the 10-ish minute video and just be mindful of the footprint that we're all leaving especially in our Los Angeles community. Shop locally when you can, even if it's just your local farmer's market instead of a fruit or veggie from another part of the world - because even food comes in the same way as our hard goods.
some bullet points covered:
• 40% of all U.S. trade comes through The Port of Long Beach
• One ship generates 1 ton of pollution a day - as much as 44,000 cars in one day
• 2 million people live 15 miles from the Port
• There is a definite increase in cancer, abnormal lungs, asthma, premature babies and cardiovascular disease in the areas surrounding the port