Garbology

I found this book to be a lot more interesting than I thought it would be. I grew up driving past a pretty awful landfill on a frequent basis. Every time I go home I’m amazed at how much it has changed, but at the same time, how little it has too. I think that the author is right, we have a garbage problem. As someone that grew up practicing recycling and burning our garbage I didn’t ever really think about my impact on the environment, but now I see things a little differently after four years here at OWU. In nearly all of my geography classes, there has been a project done about trash, or recycling, or composting. College students here are much more aware of their effects on the environment around them, even if they do nothing to lessen that impact.

The author made the point that we accept products that are meant “to be disposed of rather than repaired or upgraded” and that is absolutely true (258). But will that change, no, I don’t think so. The rampant consumerism that has evolved along with capitalism will never allow for a change like that to be made. Perhaps that is just my own cynical view, but probably not…

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