Saturday, March 31, 2007
Given the short distance, I figured I'd walk. As I crossed the bridge towards Martin's, I saw the area I was assigned to--"litter" doesn't even begin to describe the mess I saw. It was an eye-sore. There were people already there picking up trash. In less than 10 minutes, I joined the pack.
At first, I tried to mentally record the trash I was picking. There were lots of candy bar and junk food wrappers, cans, and beer bottles. But it didn't take long before my thoughts lead me elsewhere, back to my childhood. It's probably because the riverbank reminded me of the woods.
When we were kids, my brother and I would always play in the woods. We'd make up games, climb trees, and find unique rocks. And of course, there was that one time when we got lost in the woods. That was my fault--I wanted to explore the section of the woods that was considered "forbidden" to 4- and 5-year olds. I said to my brother, "we'll just trace our steps back; it's easy." Yeah, right. When we retraced our steps, everything looked different. To make matters worse, there was a fork in the woods. Did we come from the left or the right side?
Naturally, with a 50% probability, I chose the wrong side. Within moments, we were climbing up a waterfall! After the waterfall, we encountered quicksand. My brother lost his boot in it. "Come on, we have to leave your boot," I said. We scrambled out of the woods. I saw a road that I knew would lead us home. But, in order to get to the road, we first had to cut through someone's fenced-in barnyard. There were lots of goats and other animals; the only thing I remember was my brother getting chased by a goat. But we made it. We hopped the fence and safely returned home.
Of course, now we were a good 3 hours late getting back home. I wanted to somehow quietly get inside without drawing attention to us. No such luck. My mother locked all the doors. The only thing we could do was knock on the front door. We were in trouble.
When my mother opened the door, a flash of anger swept across her face, but that was quickly replaced by astonishment and concern. We must have looked like two rag-a-muffins. We were filthy, my brother now only had one boot, and we looked pitiful. So instead of getting in trouble, she bathed and fed us.
Ah, what a pleasant memory. I haven't thought about that episode in many years. But, back to the riverbank. I would say there were about 10 people working in the same section. And it was pretty quiet, which is probably another reason why I began daydreaming about my childhood.
But at one point, I observed the progress we had made, and began smiling. The riverbank was looking good. Someone caught me smiling. "It looks good," I said. Another woman piped up, "You know, I thought this was impossible because it was so dirty. But we're all doing a little bit, and it really makes a big difference." Everyone agreed. Yes, this is good.
Afterwards, I walked back across the bridge towards Wiekamp Hall. I stopped midway across the bridge to look back at that area. It did not look the same, not the way I saw it when I first crossed the bridge. It was clean. Each of us filled two bags of trash this morning, and it made a big difference, not in terms of getting points or recording it on my vita (which I'm not going to do). But it made a physical difference that I could see with my own eyes. And I got to think about my brother, whom I miss dearly.
Friday, March 30, 2007
I had my tote bags tucked into my regular bag when I went grocery shopping tonight, and I whipped them out at the checkout. I had saved my produce bags from the last time I had gone shopping, and reused them for my onion, bananas, and grapes. I figure reusing my plastic produce bags is better than nothing.
I don't know why it took me so long, but it is oddly satisfying not just to talk the talk, but to walk the walk.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
There are many benefits in volunteering for both the non-profit org., and for the individual, there are some studies that link good health and an improved attitude with volunteerism. And let's face it, doing something good or feeling like we've made a difference in someone's day in some small way does make us feel good. And there are so many opportunities to volunteer, some take as little as 30 minutes a week (like reading to a child). South Bend Schools offers this program. I work for a local non-profit organization, and we have a small staff of 6- so our volunteers make all the difference!
In our stats class, we have been asked to volunteer, so I have chosen to help with the Riverbend Math Community Center. I found it odd to have civic service as a class requirement in the beginning of the semester (considering this is a statistics course), but I was still excited to get involved in the community in a new way. This semester, I have really enjoyed my time at the Riverbend Math Center, and I'm getting class points at the same time-awesome! This is great, it gives me a chance to do something different. On my own, I would have never dreamed to volunteer at a math tutoring clinic but, it has been a wonderful experience!
So, while I know how hard it is to find time in our busy lives to volunteer, I think that once you do, you'll continue to find the time!
* 250 ACME reuseable bags (in assorted colors, of course!)
* 300 stickers
* 30 t-shirts (for all of my students--because most of my students are female, I ordered a lot of the 'women'-style shirts. Oh, and I ordered four smalls for my petite students!)
So, here's the deal: Everyone who donates their plastic bags at BagFest will receive a free sticker. And folks who donate 50 (or more) bags will also receive a free, reusable bag. Sweet! And so that we're all on the same page, the Data Collectors will give folks their gifts after the data have been entered into the computer.
I'm so excited about getting this gear, I simply couldn't wait til next week to tell you all about it!
P.S. All this great gear was purchased from www.reusablebags.com, who is also supporting our project by having Allison Kozdron, Representative of reusablebags.com, speak about the importance of using cloth bags at the panel discussion.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Don't get me wrong: It's a fair question to ask. And to be sure, participating in a community event is a great opportunity for professional and personal growth.
But Bono's words capture the heart of this project. As Bono put it, "Our humanity is diminished when we have no mission bigger than ourselves. [...] We discover who we are in service to one another, not the self."
So, I'd like to thank Bono for his insightful words. If you're interested in reading Bono's essay, click here.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
That question inspired me to find out some answers. In the spirit of sharing information, this is what I learned from the St. Joseph County Solid Waste Management District. We apparently have a household hazardous waste collection facility in our community--fantastic!
Waste Oils & Lubricants - engine, gear
Paints & Solvents - paints, stains, finishing oils, thinners
Pesticides/Herbicides-week & grass killer, insect killers, garden chemicals
Poisons-mouse & rat killers, roach & ant killers
Waste Fuels-Charcoal lighter, fuel oil, gasoline
Aerosols-spray paint, insect sprays
Batteries - household
Corrosives-lye, acids, drain killer
Mercury - elemental, thermostats, switches & relays, vapor lamps
Tires *no rims* - St. Joseph County residents only
Corrosives-lye, acids, drain killer
They do accept e-waste, but according to their site, businesses and organizations should call ahead to make arrangements. (It's ok for individuals to bring their e-waste to the site without calling first.)
There's a permanent household-hazardous waste collection facility in Mishawaka:
1105 E. Fifth Street (between Dearborn Crane and Trailmaster).
They're open Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30am to 3:30pm.
Well, almost. Here's some "fine-print" information to note: It costs $12 (each) to recycle old computers, TVs, and video-game players. There's no cost to recycle cameras, radios, and cameras. Click here to see the comprehensive e-waste list.
I am going to need more posters…
In 2003, the paper industry in the U.S. reached its goal to recover 50 percent of all paper.By achieving this goal, 20 million more tons of paper were recovered. The industry has set a new goal of recovering 55 percent of used paper by 2012. Today, more than a third of all the paper recovered in the world is recovered in the U.S. Old corrugated containers (boxes) account for nearly 50 percent of the total paper that is recycled.
Monday, March 26, 2007
They recommend you wear some "rubber" boots and bring some gloves. The event is in rain or shine. The above website announces the check in point for at Veterans Memorial Park on Northside Boulevard, just east of the Twyckenham bridge. From there you will be assigned your own personal section of river btw the Logan Street Bridge and Howard Park. The contact phone number is 271-0973.
Our river is described as the biggest resource of our county. It seems like a great way to give back! I hope to see some of my stats pals there. :O)
And I'm thinking I could definitely live w/o virgin toilet paper.
In Garbage Land (Ch 8 Mercury rising), Royte describes that in the virgin paper making industry "25% of a harvested tree goes into a waste pile." Now, mind you I was shocked to hear that the virgin paper industry is the " 3rd largest source of greenhouse gas in the U.S." Furthermore, it was frustrating to hear of the government subsidies given to this industry, which prevents growth in recycled paper industries, and costs us billions a year in tax dollars. However, something more sentimental and closer to my heart is the thought of a tree going down that doesn't have too. We need them to breathe, muey importante! Thinking of Royte's account of an "ancient hardwood forest" going down to make TOILET PAPER is completely appaling to me.
So I hereby swear to never buy virgin toilet paper again.
And I am awed at the thought that choosing and buying something like toilet paper might make such a big difference.
Further more, if people are still concerned they should visit the EPA Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water online at: http://www.epa.gov/safewater/
The more we dive into this project, the more intrigued I am to discover what the South Bend/Mishawaka community does to promote and endorse recycling efforts. Just like people have commented before, every time something says "recycle" it gets my attention. Just this small introduction to recycling has opened my eyes to the habits or lack of habits within the community. Actually, it's usually a lack of knowledge about what is available that I find is more common. I am always glad to hear about opportunities, such as sending in used ink cartridges and donating used cell phones. What I find to be the problem is finding out about these programs in the first place!! There should be more advertisement about these programs so that people can utilize them and contribute to cleaning up the environment and supporting reusing and recycling. Now the big question on my mind is how to do that without using virgin resources or wasting materials like paper, staples, cardboard, etc. that are usually needed for good advertising!!
Saturday, March 24, 2007
It was almost time to leave about 1:30 when two small families came to see what it was we were doing. I think it was from these two that I learned the most. These families showed me that it was all about opportunities. One of the families was a mother and her son. She said they did not come to this library much but she was excited to learn about the Riverbend Math Activity. She had a lot of questions for me, and my impression was that she came from a background with little opportunities. She kept telling me that her son was really good with his hands and very smart. Sure enough, what took me two times to see to learn how to do it, he mastered it in one. I could tell this was something that she would bring her son to again.
It made me think of a story I had heard on the news the other day. I heard that a lot of libraries were going to be and are closed due to lack of funding. The president of the American Library Association said she could not imagine what lives would be like without libraries. I think its amazing how much of our life is based upon opportunities. It is because of public transportation that the mother and son were able to come to the public library. Luckily, because there are amazing organizations like Riverbend Math that this mother and son were able to participate for free in a family math activity and learn of a lot of other helpful activities that she promised her son they would go to.
Our Bag fest is also an opportunity, I think. It will be able to provide information and experiences for people with a lot and little opportunities in their lives. I think it is events like this that everyone can look forward to, no matter what their background is, and that is what makes it so awesome. I think everyone who attends will leave with an experience and knowledge from opportunities, and that is what it is all about. We are giving an opportunity, and I hope everyone who wants to and can takes advantage of it.
Friday, March 23, 2007
In a recent op-ed piece written for the NY Times, Beavan writes about his shame in acknowledging the fact that it's the first time in his life he's made substantial lifestyle changes that align with his beliefs. Now, this is a guy who's written numerous papers against hunting whales in Japan, poaching gorillas in the Congo, and the apartheid in South Africa. Yet, according to Beavan, "I made the mistake of believing that condemning the misdeeds of others somehow made me virtuous" (NYT, March 11, 2007).
So, if you have a moment, I encourage you to read the NY Times article Kim posted (see below). And after you've read the article, I'd like for you to think about this question, which was also posted in the NY Times:
What would you be willing to sacrifice for a more environmentally sound life?
Please feel free to post your thoughts about this question on the blog.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Here is the article link:
And here is his website:
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
1. We need an egg timer that needs to be set for every 1/2 hour. The egg timer will be located at one of the data-collection stations, and it will be used as a reminder that the Bag Pitcher Team Leader needs to write the current tally of bags on the board. Because the egg timer will be located at the data-collection station, the Data Collector Team Leader (Ashley Schrock) will be responsible for re-setting the egg timer and alerting the Bag Pitcher Team Leader.
2. The Counters should wear an apron (or perhaps a fanny pack) to hold the slips of paper. They also need to have pens on them. Extra writing utensils will be available at the data-collection stations.
3. The Counters also need to wear latex gloves. I have a very tight budget, but I'll see if I can manage with this expense.
Oh, before I forget: My afternoon class generated 455 bags today (N = 6). Amazing! :0) Folks, I think we're on the right track. I appreciate your suggestions--as you know from today's event, we need to work as a team to make this event a success! Thanks for all your hard work!
1. Data Collectors will run syntax to calculate the current sum of bag donations every ½ hour. They will write that number down to give to the Bag Pitcher Team Leader. I will have a cheat-sheet for Data Collectors just in case they accidentally close the syntax file or spreadsheet file.
2. Bag pitchers need to have a calculator on them at all times to calculate the bag count every ½ hour. They also need markers to write the tally on the board. Materials will be supplied for BagFest.
3. We need shopping carts for Counters. (Brilliant suggestion, Tori!) The Counters will use the shopping carts as they are counting up the bags. The Bag Pitchers will take the carts and dump the bags into the pile. Bag Pitchers and Counters must be in sync with each other!
4. There will be four data collection stations, and one of those stations will be called the “Express Lane.” The Express Lane will be for folks who have brought 20 bags or fewer to the festival.
And to provide you with a preliminary statistic, my 11 students brought 979 bags to class today! Students: I'm going to compile these data with my afternoon class for our next SPSS session (check the course calendar for that date!).
In the meantime, I can't wait to hear your thoughts about the class pile-up! :0)
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Why are we doing this? That's a question several people have asked me. And it's a good question to ask! Remember that statistic published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)? Well, according to the EPA, the U.S. alone consumes approximately 380 billion plastic bags per year. When I first discovered that statistic, I was amazed--and perplexed--by that number. I couldn't (and I still can't) imagine what a pile of 380 billion plastic bags looks like. And not being able to visually imagine this statistic bothered me for two reasons: (1) it suggested that I wasn't comprehending what that number really means, and (2) there's no personal connection to that statistic.
To make matters worse, here's another related issue: The state of Indiana does not have facilities for plastic-bag recycling, which means that billions of plastic bags are sent to landfills, causing environmental hazards to animals and economic costs to consumers.
So I asked myself this question: Is there a way to think more personally about these 380 billion bags?
And folks, that's the real purpose behind this activity. It's for us to be able to see for ourselves how our puny, little bags add-up to a larger, real-world issue. And hopefully, by pitching our bags into this pile, we'll start to make a personal connection that inspires us to make positive changes in our community.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007
On another note, I think it would be a good idea if we had some educational posters at the Bag Fest. One could be for putting some of the garbage statistics on, one could be for ideas on how to make changes in your lifestyle to help the environment, etc. I've been tossing around ideas in my head, but I would like to hear if others are interested in making posters and / or contribute ideas to making them or have suggestions for information to include. Let me know your thoughts. They don't have to be fancy. The main purpose is to present some of the information we all have been collecting and reading about so that visitors to the Bag Fest can get the main ideas of that information.
The sad truth is our mess will impact our children and grand children to come if we do not change. There is an ad on one of the T.V. channels showing an older men jumping from the railway trucks leaving a child to be hit by the train. This ad now strikes hard in my mind--Are we doing the same thing by not changing our lives? Are we taking the easy way out while leaving all the mess to our children and grand children to deal with?
I am convinced that we need some changes, and probably small changes and gradually will make a huge impact. If I make some changes today then my son/daughter will probably benefit and make even bigger changes and the world will be a better place to live.
So mark your calendar for Wednesday, May 2nd, 7pm-8:30pm.
The location is 5605 US 31 South, Suite 4, South Bend, IN.
Rick suggested that people should call him at (574) 291-744 to RSVP the event. (This will ensure that you'll get that free bin!)
I already told Rick that I'd be there. Free help and a free compost? Count me in! :0) M
Click here to see the flyer for this event.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
I was so amazed and impressed by what I saw! I can't wait to hear more about their experience working with these clients.
In the meantime, feel free to visit flickr.com to see more photos from today's service-learning event.
On that note, I have just this week taken a look at the space between my refrigerator and the wall which is where I stuff all my plastic grocery bags. The space is stuffed full!!! I'm going to have to find some more storage until I can bring them all in to be counted for our mock collection!!! Anyway, hope every one's spring break is good and enjoy these facts. They are a good starting point for further research.
Recycled aluminum saves 95% energy vs. virgin aluminum; recycling of one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for 3 hours (Reynolds Metal Company)
Recycled aluminum reduces pollution by 95% (Reynolds Metal Co.)
4 lbs. of bauxite are saved for every pound of aluminum recycled (Reynolds Metal Co.)
Enough aluminum is thrown away to rebuild our commercial air fleet 4 times every year.
Recycled glass saves 50% energy vs. virgin glass (Center for Ecological Technology); recycling of one glass container saves enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for 4 hours (EPA)
Recycled glass generates 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution (NASA)
1 ton of glass made from 50% recycled materials saves 250 lbs. of mining waste (EPA)
Glass can be reused an infinite number of times; over 41 billion glass containers are made each year (EPA)
Recycled paper saves 60% energy vs. virgin paper (Center for Ecological Technology)
Recycled paper generates 95% less air pollution: each ton saves 60 lbs. of air pollution (Center for Ecological Technology)
Recycling of each ton of paper saves 17 trees and 7000 gallons of water (EPA)
Every year enough paper is thrown away to make a 12' wall from New York to California
Plastic milk containers are now only half the weight that they were in 1960 (EPA)
If we recycled every plastic bottle we used, we would keep 2 billion tons of plastic out of landfills (Penn State)
According to the EPA, recycling a pound of PET saves approximately 12,000 BTU's.
We use enough plastic wrap to wrap all of Texas every year (EPA) Source: University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Produced and maintained by the Office of Waste Management
A ton of recycled paper equals or saves 17 trees in paper production.
Production of recycled paper uses 80% less water, 65% less energy and produces 95% less air pollution than virgin paper production.
If offices throughout the country increased the rate of two-sided photocopying from the 1991 figure of 20% to 60%, they could save the equivalent of about 15 million trees." (from Choose to Reuse by Nikki & David Goldbeck, 1995).
Global paper use has grown more than six-fold since 1950. One fifth of all wood harvested in the world ends up in paper. It takes 2 to 3.5 tons of trees to make one ton of paper. Pulp and paper is the 5th largest industrial consumer of energy in the world, using as much power to produce a ton of product as the iron and steel industry. In some countries, including the United States, paper accounts for nearly 40 percent of all municipal solid waste. Making paper uses more water per ton than any other product in the world. Source: The Worldwatch Institute.
Over a ton of resources is saved for every ton of glass recycled -- 1,330 pounds of sand, 433 pounds of soda ash, 433 pounds of limestone, and 151 pounds of feldspar. Also a ton of glass produced from raw materials creates 384 pounds of mining waste. Using 50% recycled glass cuts the waste by 75%.
Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for four hours.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Lately I've been feeling really discouraged about the waste we generate: both the amount and the environmental impact. I've felt like there isn't any way to stop it; like we've already crossed the line. But for some reason the thought of garbage acting like a time capsule, long after we are gone (while partly gross) made me not so distressed about our garbage. Because not only our garbage but what we are trying to do with it to improve the condition of our earth will also be present for future generations to study and build upon. I know Royte talks about garbage excavators in our book and while I have no desire to actually go and do this I imagine it would be fascinating to see what people have left behind. People that may be long forgotten are still present through their trash. To me that gives garbage a whole new meaning and I just wanted to share that with all of you.
Also pertaining to Chapter 6 in Royte, I really recommend browsing on Marcal (www.marcalpaper.com) and Seventh Generation's (www.seventhgen.com) website. Marcal's website has a neat (kids version) layout of the recycling process of paper Royte talks about, while Seventh Generation has some really interesting facts that will help remind or convince us to recycle! Such as...
"You Are Making a Difference™
If every household in the U.S. replaced just one roll of 500 sheet virgin fiber bathroom tissue with 100% recycled ones, we could save:
* 423,900 trees
* 1 million cubic feet of landfill space, equal to 1,600 full garbage trucks
* and 153 million gallons of water, a year’s supply for 1,200 families of four!"
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Monday, March 12, 2007
Of course, this issue has layers of complexity unrelated to just the footprint, but it kind of made me think of toss-away plastic bags versus reusable bags. Reusable bags don't contribute to our garbage footprint until they are no longer functional (rips, holes, etc), while toss-away bags can contribute dramatically to our garbage footprint. Even if we do recycle our plastic bags, they must travel over a thousand miles from Indiana to be recycled. On a large scale this can have massive effects on energy use and emissions into the air. In a similar fashion, organic foods must travel many miles to reach us here in Indiana. Local foods do not have the same ill effects, although many argue the pesticides could.
If you are interested in reading the entire article, it is the cover story of the March 12 edition of Time.
Royte made me chuckle when she said that picturing "Earth Day volunteers picking up tin cans from a field of wildflowers has little to do with the reality of a scrap yard..." (p.146). Of course, I wanted to see this reality for myself, so I went to YouTube and found this video. See it for yourself: I assure you, there's no wildflowers in this scrap yard!
Sunday, March 11, 2007
to be quite interesting. It has a lot of information about our three R's (reduce, reuse, and recycle) as well as some amazing ideas (including some DIY instructions) on what to do with old crap a.k.a potential garbage. A few of my favorites were..
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Friday, March 09, 2007
You can also read the article at this link, although it's more brief than the Tribune article: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0703080156mar08,1,6836392.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed
The story says that "the measure would require grocery stores that do more than $2 million in sales a year to offer customers bags made of recyclable paper, plastic that can be turned into compost or study cloth or plastic that can be reused. If approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors next week, the measure would take effect in six months."
This is exciting news!
Thursday, March 08, 2007
I'm trying to contact other businesses for donations toward our project. Please let me know if anyone would be interested in helping me???
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Guess what? This T-Rex was made in Indiana by Marilyn Brackney, an artist and public-school teacher. This T-Rex is made from all sorts of trash, including plastic bags.
To find out more information about this interesting T-Rex, click here.
This T-Rex is another creative example of how we can reuse our trash. There are other artists who use trash as a medium in their work.
I bet this T-Rex would be a hit with the kids!
Monday, March 05, 2007
Sunday, March 04, 2007
And so that was my Saturday. . . :)
The thought of bringing reuseable bags to the grocery store never occurred to me.
As a result, I ended up with a slew of plastic bags that I tucked away in my kitchen cabinet (see blog entry on 1/9/07). When this project began in August, I struggled to change my ways. Now I was determined to bring my old plastic bags back to the store. But that good intention was not enough: I still would forget to bring those bags to the store.
This was frustrating for a couple of reasons: 1) I would criticize myself--"How can I direct a project on conserving plastic bags if I'm still consuming more and more bags?," and 2) by nature, I'm forgetful, which is probably why having the good intention to reuse bags was not enough.
I knew I had to change my old ways, but how?
Well, the good news is that it doesn't take a rocket scientist to solve this problem. Perhaps a cognitive psychologist could help me kick this old habit. Thank goodness I'm one of those wacky professionals! :0)
So instead of relying on my faulty memory, I took 2 minutes out of my hectic life to reshuffle my bags from the kitchen cabinet to the trunk of my car. Problem solved: The bags were now readily available when I went grocery shopping. So when I would inevitably forget to bring the bags, I was saved because they were in the trunk.
That really did the trick because I finally started reusing my plastic bags. And once this new habit was established, I tweaked my behavior by purchasing these colorful (and cute!) reuseable bags.
So my frustrations have eased, although I still forget to bring my shopping list to the store! :0)
By the way, if you're interested in sporting these cool bags, let me know because I can get a good deal on them ($4 per bag). And if you want more information about these ECOSILK bags, go to this website: http://www.ecosilkbags.com.au/.
Unfortunately, due to security reasons, we are required to put as much into the bags as possible. Even if it is one item, for instance, a greeting card, it must be put in a small bag for the guest. This helps the security at our store know who went through the checklanes and who did not. It's basically store policy. If someone is seen walking to the door without a bag with no receipt showing (its often put in the pocket or the purse), then there is a chance that security will be suspicious unless he or she personally saw the guest pay. My little experiment was probably a little biased considering the fact that I try to "conserve" the bags that we give out because I know how much we need to order and how quickly we go through them, so I try and squeeze as much into the bags as possible, however, there are some people out there that are disgusted by that. It seems as if this procedure is a lose-lose situation. Our goal is to make the guest happy, and not ourself. So unfortunately, though it is a good idea, it cannot be completed.
Saturday, March 03, 2007
On a more personal composting note I sympathized w/ Royte's personal composting journey a great deal. The comment she made in regards to creating big industrialized anaerobic food digesting plants she says, "The first scenario is about a cycle, the second one is about getting rid of garbage." She relates this to a thought about citizens biking carrot peels to get potting soil in return vs a big insustrial process. This resonated w/ me in that thinking about our planet and realizing how we affect it starts w/ one person doing what they can to make a difference, no matter how small it might seem. A penny saved is a penny earned, and an object recycled contributes to a collective zero waste goal.
And although off topic I must take a moment to say, HURRAY ON THE ROYTE SPEAKING AT OUR BAG FEST!!! Very exciting stuff, thanks for all the hard work on making it happen Michelle!
Friday, March 02, 2007
To provide you with a bit more information, Garbage Land has been recognized as a New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2005 and a Washington Post Book World Best Books of the Year. In addition, Elizabeth has been published in The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, National Geographic, Outside, The Smithsonian Magazine, and The New Yorker.
I'm so excited to hear her speak at the festival. I hope you are, too!