I’m not sure exactly what McCall’s
message was, but I agree with Dan and Ann that he is almost certainly poking
fun at recycling. We all know that “recycling” isn’t going
to solve our mounting environmental problems…it’s not going to halt
climate change….. but it’s a small step that each of us can take to
help reduce our environmental footprint. How about some letters to the
editor of the New Yorker on this!!! While they don’t give a
word limit on their website it looks like they prefer 50 words or less.
Here’s the url for submitting letters. http://www.newyorker.com/contact/letterToEditor
I sure hope Dan and Ann will submit their comments as LTE’s…….
GreenYes@no.address [mailto:GreenYes@no.address] On Behalf Of Dan Knapp
Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2007
To: Ann Dorfman
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
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
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
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