4.5 billion years ago
a giant molecular cloud collapses in space
setting free a solar nebula
out of which a planet is born:
For 2 billion years this planet evolves
and first life appears.
A soup of cells
bacteria, algae, funghi.
A myriad of plants come to life.
Fish reign the oceans and eat the algae.
They absorb the sunlight and store it in their bodies.
Dinosaurs, amphibians, reptiles. Birds and mammals.
They all live and die.
And each year, the dead bodies
are covered by layers and layers of sediment.
Heat and pressure rise, turning them into yellow-black liquid:
Humans arrive, and with them, geologists.
They study for years to find the oil
and build rigs in remote places.
Giant pumps extract the liquid
and it's shipped across the oceans.
A refinery now cracks it open and once again it travels.
A factory then binds the compounds
and turns them into plastic pellets.
Stored in big containers, around the world they go.
Liquefied, they're molded into the shape of a beautiful spoon.
The spoon drops and cools off to harden.
Wrapped in plastic, it is put into a box.
And the box is put on a pallet.
And the pallet is put into a container.
And the container is put on a truck.
And the truck drives to a port
where the container is put on a ship
and ship, ship, ship, the spoon arrives 6,000km around the world
where it is picked up by a merchant who puts it on a truck
and drives it to a store
where it's placed on a shelf in a temperature-controlled room
where it sits for 2 months
until you select it and pay for it
with the money you've worked hard for.
And you drive the spoon home,
which is where you are standing right now
with the spoon in your hand.
Now tell me: do you still think it's too much effort
to use a metal spoon that you just have to...wash?
Thank you to everyone who washed a spoon today.