OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN
They mostly ride bikes, take the bus, or walk where they go. They wear discarded clothing, eat discarded food, in a pinch they smoke discarded tobacco. Their carbon footprint approaches zero and then goes negative when they begin collecting cans and bottles.
Not all will or should ascribe to this lifestyle, but those who do are far from a waste. They live off the waste of this dysfunctional society. They draw their sustenance from your excess. Until we step away from this failed model those who have been wrung out, driven out, fallen out or have stepped out of contributing roles will persevere.
They are the meek who will inherit the earth. They do not need an advance on their inheritance, just respect their right to exist and ask the government to back off. Open your eyes and see that they are the largest, most sustainable “green” project in the US.
Still better, go beyond the green talk, the great green ideas, beyond the green consciousness and collaborate in the reuse and recycling of our waste that is underway amongst those considered our underclass. We can improve the lives of the least among us while making the change we wish to see in the world around us.