Reduce,Reuse, but forget Recycling!

Back on July 6th, I wrote a letter to Dr. David Suzuki about my opinions on recycling.(here is the link.). I just got the response!

I was a little disappointed that he wasn’t the one to respond, but I really didn’t think I would get ANY response. 636px-recycle001svgHere is the e-mail word for word, for your enjoyment!

Hi [larrinski],

Looks like we are on the same page. The Foundation supports reducing and reusing most strongly, and recycling as a lesser alternative for the reasons you outlined below (transportation costs and emissions, chemical leaching…). Certainly, there are better recycling operations than others, but generally we are aiming for a society that is not a consumer/throw away one, but one that demands producers to consider product lifecycles (for more, google “cradle to grave or cradle to cradle lifecycle”) and resourcefully and creatively reuses the goods it has. For more on this, please see the Nature Challenge website (http://www.davidsuzuki.org/NatureChallenge/) to learn more about other ways to reduce and reuse.

Thanks for writing and sharing your efforts and concerns.

Rebecca Kinakin

Sustainability Planning Coordinator

David Suzuki Foundation

I have added a link to the wikipedia article on “cradle to grave or cradle to cradle lifecycle” that Rebecca talks about. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_cycle_assessment

So, do you still not believe me that recycling is not all it is cracked up to be? I should explain that there is some recycling that does seem to be better than others. Instead of going over it all, here is the Penn and Teller video for you again. Spread the word!

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Stop Evolving Damn You! says Kansas Lawmakers!

The Onion has outdone itself again with this article on the banning of evolution! Hilarious!

The sweeping new law prohibits all living beings within state borders from being born with random genetic mutations that could make them better suited to evade predators, secure a mate, or, adapt to a changing environment. In addition, it bars any sexual reproduction, battles for survival, or instances of pure happenstance that might lead, after several generations, to a more well-adapted species or subspecies.

[From Kansas Outlaws Practice Of Evolution | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source]

I have seen this image many times online before on the major branches of religion and atheism. It is called Occam’s razor. True, so true…

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[Credit to irreligion.org]

On a more serious note, mass extinction is happening at the fastest rate in the earth’s history, according to some researchers. Here is an article on how serious it is…

[From Latest Extinction is the Greatest | Wired Science from Wired.com]

SPACE.com — Scientists Say Mars Viking Mission Found Life

Would your opinion of the precious nature of life on our planet change, if life were found on Mars?
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This picture was created for NASA by STScI under Contract NAS5-26555 and for ESA by the Hubble European Space Agency Information Centre.

A new look at the 1976 trip to Mars by the Viking mission seems to be up for debate after all these years. They may have found evidence of life on the planet! Cool! If so, this changes our collective belief that life was only made on earth by God, at least in my opinion. Scientists have been concluding that life is not so rare, and this may be the smoking gun!

[From SPACE.com — Scientists Say Mars Viking Mission Found Life

Just this week, there was a press conference about the discovery of water on Mars. Here is more about that…

[From Mars: Yes, There Is Water on Mars — But You Can’t Drink It

It also seems that the “White House” is being briefed right now on something that has been found on Mars, that is far more important than water. Could it be life? I sure hope so…Probably just proof that they have found oil, and Exxon is heading there to drill…

[From The White House is Briefed: Phoenix About to Announce “Potential For Life” on Mars | Universe Today

If you would have doubts in your faith, maybe you should ask, What would Jesus do?

jc

Letter to David Suzuki

***Update***

The David Suzuki foundation wrote me back. 🙂 Here is the letter, and their agreement that recycling is not all that it’s cracked up to be…https://pakos.me/2008/09/30/reducereuse-but-forget-recycling/

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I recently wrote a letter to a Canadian icon. Dr. David Suzuki. If and when he responds, I will post his answers. In the meantime, keep checking out the site for new content, and leave comments!

Hello Dr. Suzuki,

I understand that you probably are quite busy, and one of your staff will probably answer my email(if at all, as this topic may be controversial). But I thought that since I have had some problems understanding the benefits of recycling, I would ask a major Canadian environmental scientist, and one so highly looked upon here in Canada…

Recently I have been doing some online research about the benefits of reducing waste, reusing materials, and recycling. I have been concerned by some of my results so far. There seems to be a great benefit of reducing packaging, and waste in general. Composting has a positive benefit for my garden for instance. Buying items with little or no packaging, or packaging that can biodegrade seems good as well. Then, reusing items again and again eliminates the need to make additional packaging, bags, bottles, etc…We use old torn shirts and socks as rags. We reuse beer and pop bottles for various purposes(including making beer!). We try and use all our paper in the compost as well…

But recycling seems to be really bad for the environment. Here, on Vancouver Island, we have strong recycling programs. I originally was quite proud of this fact. But I got to wondering where all my recycling was going. It seems that once it is picked up at the curb by another truck(bad carbon footprint), and taken to a sorting station to be sorted by people on specially made equipment(bad as well), it is then piled onto ships using many trucks, backhoes, cranes etc… The material is shipped on huge tankers to another country to be recycled(really bad for the environment). I understand that up to 40% of the material is just burned which we know to be bad. As well, the chemicals needed to bleach,clean, and make ready the recycled items are quite bad as well. Then once the material is in a state considered good for reuse, new products are made. Once made(mostly in China) these items are then shipped back to North America on huge tankers and wrapped up in packaging for sale. The ‘cycle’ in recycle seems to be the repeated use of chemicals, shipping, and packaging over and over again…

I notice on your foundation site that the 6 things you can do right now to help the environment doesn’t even mention recycling, where as not long ago that was the major focus of the environmental movement.

This gets to my questions… What is your opinion on recycling? Is there any movement in place to make recycling a more environmentally friendly process? In your opinion, is it better to not recycle certain items, and are there any materials that are good to recycle(glass, aluminum)? Is it better to put our current waste in modern landfills, and just try to reduce our future packaging and reuse items the best we can? Should we ban plastics in packaging for instance..

I have to say that some of my research was done on the ever inaccurate internet, which can give you any answer you are looking for… Whether right or wrong…But I have been a university science student, and normally am able to weed through the crap(pun intended).

Thank you for your time, and keep up the good work and keeping environmentalism in the public eye.

Best regards from Vancouver Island.

Recycling is bad for the planet!

I was shocked to learn today that recycling is crap!!! I know, I didn’t believe it at first, but after watching “Recycling is Bullshit”, I was convinced.

I guess the moral of the story is, Reduce, Reuse it if possible, and throw the rest away in the garbage. It is better than the “process” of recycling. Have you ever wondered where all that recycling goes? Apparently to China, where 40% of it is thrown away or burnt. The rest is processed with harsh chemical processes to make polar fleece, etc… And go start a compost. Try to buy things that aren’t wrapped up in plastic crap. Oh, the exception to the rule may be aluminum. But even that is being questioned.

I should have known that it was a money making machine! I guess my corporate radar needs some tweaking…

Evolution: Science keeps building mountain of evidence

With a recent find of an early 4 legged animal fossil, scientists are saying, “told ya so“…in response to the creationists who say there are no transitional species in the fossil record. Here is an article over at the BBC website.

[From BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Fossil fills out water-land leap]

Some evolutionary biologists are suggesting that amendments need to be made to Darwin’s evolutionary theory. Well, isn’t this what science is all about? Modern DNA analysis just adds to the story, IMO.

[From Darwin Still Rules, but Some Biologists Dream of a Paradigm Shift – New York Times]

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Remember not too long ago, environmentalists warned that “one day” the Arctic poles would completely melt? Well, it looks like this year is the year! I really feel for those arctic species.

[From The Independent – Print Article]

On a much more recent note, America is collectively losing it’s mind. Apparently it is OK to torture terrorist suspects, and if the Bush administration just calls it “harsh interrogation”, everything is fine…WTF? Very sad.

[From Have Americans Lost Thier Collective Minds? Torture Is OK???]

[From » The Limits Of Torture Dvorak Uncensored: General interest observations and true web-log.]

Stop what you are doing and watch this video

This young girl spoke at the UN some time ago(1992). Her speech blew my mind. It is shocking how so much of what the world’s population is thinking is eloquently spoken by this child not even a teenager…

Let me know what you thought of it!

In case you are from Canada, or into environmental causes, her name is Severn Suzuki. Daughter of David Suzuki. Here is a link to some of her activities. A busy girl…