We can’t recycle our way out of the problem.

https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2019/09/20/how-to-recycle-plastic Well, if that is true, then what options do we have? Is recycling plastic a farce? And why is it that we as citizens have the hardest job of sorting our plastics and other materials to the almost 34 categories? Our infrastructure is propelling us along a path. It has momentum, inertia and itContinue reading “We can’t recycle our way out of the problem.”

Recycling issues for wind farm blades.

https://www.npr.org/2019/09/10/759376113/unfurling-the-waste-problem-caused-by-wind-energy I read this article 3 weeks ago and it comes back up in our discussions at Nature Towns, with some regularity. The key issue is that while coal is very dirty, wind (and likely solar) are not without issues during their full life cycle. The story talks about rural landfills filling up fast withContinue reading “Recycling issues for wind farm blades.”

Plastic Soup

Plastic Soup is an Atlas of Ocean Pollution distributed by Island Press The book was originally published in 2018 in Holland, and subsequently translated for the English market. It is always tricky to recommend a book that deals with the wicked problems, and ocean plastic is certainly a wicked problem. Innovative ideas such as “PlasticContinue reading “Plastic Soup”

Annie Leonard and the Story of Change

This woman has had an amazing impact on the communications and teaching of how wrong the patterns of our waste streams are. The bad news.  Things are getting worse quicker and quicker.   The good news is that it is all the. Same chart.  We are throwing away stuff faster than the planet can assimilateContinue reading “Annie Leonard and the Story of Change”