Green Moments in Germany
Yesterday Stephanie took my car to the Volkswagen dealership to be repaired. It’s only about a mile from our place. They needed to keep the car overnight. It’s under warranty, so to get home, Volkswagen gave her the option of a free taxi, a subway ticket, or a loaner bicycle.
She took the bicycle.
One day while cleaning the house, Stephanie saw me putting a handful of dead double-A batteries in the trash.
“What are you doing?!” she said.
“I’m throwing away these batteries. They’re dead.”
“You don’t put batteries in the trash! You take them to the pharmacy where they dispose of them properly.”
Then, a moment later, her face fell. ”Do you mean that the whole of the US is throwing their batteries into landfills?”
Jimmac told me that on one of his first visits to Germany from the Czech Republic, he was astounded at how smoothly everything worked. Coming out of the subway, he came upon an escalator that was not running. “Hah,” he thought to himself, “at least their escalators break too.”
Then, as he stepped onto the escalator, he tripped a photoelectric sensor, and the escalator started.