The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse: Pascal Bruckner
Bruckner has displayed an argument that focuses around the “ecology of disaster”, that talks about how current day environmentalist aim to scare people by portraying them as the enemy of nature. Of course a lot of this book is controversial regarding how humans are portrayed as the enemy to nature, as well as the reason for environmental degradation, and of course I did not agree with a lot of it. I did not agree with Bruckner’s critiques about small changes, such as recycling or using echo friendly light bulbs, which if done in large masses do make a difference according to many environmentalist. This leads to my next point, which is that I find it almost foolish that Bruckner thinks the economy can just change large scale operations just to oblige in helping the environment. Also the structure of the book was very messy, hard to follow, and just plain confusing at times.
Even though I did not agree with a lot of what he said, I believe Bruckner did get his point across which has educated people in noticing what is going on in our environment and what is to become of it. He brought to light that people everywhere need to recognize that we must change our day to day operations, that are harmful to the environment, to help our earth out in the long run, because if not, we might look back one day and realize that people might have been a bigger problem than we want to admit.
Record-Setting 14 Million Pounds of Batteries Recycled in 2016
In the technologically driven economy we see throughout the world today, batteries are the main source of energy we see in technology. In 2016, 14 million pounds of batteries were recycled throughout the United States and Canada. Call2Recycle claims that this record setting amount of batteries recycled, continues a consecutive 20 year increase in battery recycling. Throughout the 2 decades (since 1996), the amount of batteries recycled adds up to 129 million pounds. The success is credited to the convenient locations of battery collection spots that have been significantly increasing over the years. Today, 88% of Americans and Canadians live within 10 miles of a drop off center. What has helped make these drop off centers convenient, is that Call2Recycle has parented with popular retail stores such as Radio Shack, Best Buy, Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Staples which has made recycling easier for everyone. Once dropped off, the batteries are brought to a processing center which then are recycled into silverware, pots and pans, and new batteries. With the increase in recycling batteries, it has helped keep heavy metals out of the environment, as well as reduced the need to mine natural resources.