“It’s not that easy being green,” laments Oscar the Grouch and recyclers alike… National Public Radio’s Goats and Soda Program reports (13 March 2019): Where Will Your Plastic Trash Go Now That China Doesn’t Want It?
As I argue in Provocations #8 – Plastic Patches (April 14, 2018), it is time to ban plastic. The image above is of the Citarum River in Indonesia. Care for a swim?
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Image: Some people in Brazil earn their living by collecting and sorting garbage and selling them for recycling. Credit: Marcello Casal Jr., Agência Brasil; CC BY 2.5 br, via Wikimedia Commons.
As I’ve written before, we do not understand the scale of our actions (e.g. Provocations #4 – A Matter of Scale) and we have a problem with plastic (e.g. Provocations #8 – Plastic Patches). How do I know? We have not started to ban plastics yet in any meaningful way.
Even recycling has its pitfalls as evidenced in this article: “China Just Handed the World a 111-Million-Ton Trash Problem. The world’s biggest waste importer is no longer buying. So where’s all that trash going to go?” by Eric Roston in Bloomberg, June 20, 2018.
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