Eco-Rep Final Paper - Hannah McDonald Eco-Rep Program 2 May...

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Hannah McDonald Eco-Rep Program 2 May 2012 “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe” (pg 183, Plan A: Code Green). This quote is becoming more and more relevant as we reach an era that will demand attention from every single human being and involve their everyday life. Everything is interconnected; the disposal of our garbage will find its way affecting other humans and ecosystems around us. When our food is mass produced, it will affect our personal lives and the environment on physical levels. The hidden process behind consumption will leave consumers in a vicious cycle between work and the environment. Once we take notice of our fallacies and act in ways that are good for us and our environment, it will be much easier to tackle this era threatened by climate change and environmental degradation. In a society based off of consumerism, it’s easy to simply buy something and throw away the packaging or the items that are no longer of any use to you, such as electronics or water bottles and cans. ‘Not my problem anymore’ a consumer may say. The fact of the matter is, indeed the consumer’s problem because that bottle or television set that is no longer his is inflicted upon something else whether it be more humans or simply the land on which it’s disposed. Garbage is usually sent to landfills, plots of cleared land where humans pile their mounds of trash. “The size of these two landfills alone will cover an equivalent area of two square miles under a perfectly graded 300 foot pyramid of garbage” (Belanger, 16). That’s a lot of space that could otherwise be used for ecosystems to flourish—instead it’s covered in trash. Trash isn’t simply one-and-done; it’s connected to many things around us.
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  • Fall '12
  • CraigNicholson
  • Industrial agriculture, Electronic waste, extracts reusable materials

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