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[GreenYes] Re: Cartoonbank.com message from David Biddle


Title: Re: [GreenYes] Re: Cartoonbank.com message from David Biddle
I find it interesting that those who took the time to think about the New Yorker cover pretty much saw it as a derogatory statement about recycling — or at least society’s perception of recycling. When I first saw it, I just thought it was a great little send up of the notion that we need to have lots of bins around us to separate all our crap. Then I thought about it more metaphorically and decided that it is the New Yorker after all and maybe the island is symbolic of Manhattan with all its containers everywhere (recycling certainly has returned to The City, that’s for sure).

Upon further reflection, and feeling really dumb cuz I didn’t pick up on the tweak by the artist, I’m most inclined now to think of the cover as a statement about global warming and how in the end we’ve kind of made recycling work but nothing else that might really mitigate climate change (which is really true), and that in the final analysis there will be one person left on the only high ground remaining and he will have managed to salvage a bunch of bins to keep him company but that is all since everything else is part of the cause rather than the solution. Twisted, I know, but that’s what I see.

As an aside to our Radical Zero Waste brethren, note that the artist depicts a world devoid of waste ... and stuff of any kind for that matter (except the bins, of course).

Regardless, it’s nice to see recycling getting play of any sort in popular culture. There was a long period there where we didn’t see or hear anything about waste related matters as part of this country’s intellectual dialog (except maybe Penn and Teller’s infamous “Recycling is Bullshit!”). So maybe we’re back in the game!

All the best,

David
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David Biddle, Executive Director
<http://www.blueolives.blogspot.com>
Greater Philadelphia Commercial Recycling Council
P.O. Box 4037
Philadelphia, PA 19118

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215-432-8225 (cell)

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