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


Dan,
Well said.
Susan Kramer
----- Original Message -----
From: Dan Knapp
Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2007 4:54 PM
Subject: [GreenYes] Re: Cartoonbank.com message from David Biddle

I think the cartoon is an attack on source separation and the mostly imagined problem of container proliferation.  The image is hyperbole, of course, and the humor comes from the studied exaggeration for effect.  The target is  Political Correct Behavior, which neocons love to scorn.  Regarding recycling not being "the answer," no one but a few EPR zealots ever said it was, at least not all by itself.  We really need Reduce, Reuse, AND Recycle (including composting) to get to zero waste.  All are required, and none is more important than the other.  Source separation is still the key to effective recycling, because it produces the cleanest products.

Dan Knapp
Urban Ore, Inc., a Berkeley reuse and recycling business since 1980.

On Nov 10, 2003, at 8:44 PM, Ann Dorfman wrote:

I looked at this cover and wondered what the meaning was, and I don't think it says anything very positive about recycling. It is called "A Clear Conscience" by Bruce McCall. For those who haven't seen it, it is a painting of a guy shipwrecked on a tiny tropical island about 25' across with a single palm tree and a dozen or so recycling and hazardous waste containers of various types.
 
I think the message the artist is trying to convey is that people FEEL they are doing their part to help global warming when they do little things like recycle, but to change the course of global warming people are going to need to do a lot more than that. Not only is recycling not the answer, but the artist is saying it lulls people into a dangerous sense of complaisancy.
 
Ann






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