I’m a bit weird because I can’t waste anything.
I even insist on showering early because I don’t want to waste any of the day.
I can’t waste any of the food on my plate.
How do you feel about waste?
Because I think that, in the end, waste is going to kill us.
And besides, it’s so, er, wasteful.
About a third of landfill is food.
But there ‘s one kind of waste we seldom or ever think about and one day, I’m concerned, it’s going to be the end of us.
It’s ‘space junk’.
“Currently in Earth orbit, there are more than 23,000 objects larger than about 4 inches (10 centimeters), another half a million objects larger than about 0.4 inch (1 cm) and possibly 100 million more smaller than that, according to NASA.
“And there’s all sorts of stuff up there: dead spacecraft, spent rocket boosters, lost gear from space missions (including a glove, a camera, a blanket, a wrench and, somehow, a toothbrush), random bits of wrecked gear, paint flecks, bits of metal, frozen propellant, and a lot of screws and bolts.”
This according to the website Space.com.
There have already been collisions.
What if just one unfortunate incident starts a chain reaction and . . . well, who knows.
Could our communications networks be knocked out?
What about our Internet satellites?
Is our Internet safe from space junk?
How safe is anything?
You and I didn’t create this waste.
Nor can we be safe from the consequenses.
Except to avoid depending on it.