The author of American Wasteland, Jonathan Bloom, uses many techniques to steer readers in his direction. Bloom talks about a big issue concerning American in 2010 and is still an issue today in 2016, six years after he wrote this book. As a result of broad research, the main issue today is expiration dates and how state regulations and laws promote food waste (Linnekin). As other books, articles, and documentaries explain this issue they use evidence, positive and negative connotations, and bias to connect with a general audience or supporters.
The love canal was named after William T. Love, an entrepreneur who in 1892 proposed digging a six to seven-mile-long canal to connect the upper and lower Niagara River. The proposal was originally inspired by the idea of creating a utopic urban neighborhood with hydroelectric energy generation nearby. However, due to economic factors the project was discarded leaving behind an unfinished canal. In 1920, the land was sold to be used as a municipal and chemical disposal site. Intensive chemical dumping estimated at 40 million pounds of chemicals took place between the years 1942 to 1953. Recent surveys by the State Department of Environmental Conservation point to the presence of approximately 100 chemical dump sites in the county (New York
In Laura Vanderkam’s essay, “Hookups Starve the Soul,” she talks about how, in today's society, people don’t have the time, money, or energy to put into real relationships. Ms. Vanderkam says, “People who don’t bother with love affairs cut themselves off from life’s headier emotions.” That is what I am going to address; the long-term effect hookups have on individuals that take part in this trend. Not only are hookups morally wrong, they also only satisfy physical needs temporarily, promote emotional detachment, and have a long-term and lasting effect.
Chris Carroll a staff writer for National Geographic decided to find out where used electronics end up. In his essay, “High Tech Trash,” Carroll describes the horrid condition In Ghana, China, where poor areas like Ghana are the popular dumping grounds for “e-waste.” e-waste is old technology that we no longer have use for, and ends up in dumps. Carroll describes the condition in which people scrap our old waste by tearing apart old devices and burning away flame retardants so they can make a profit. “Choking, I pull my shirt over my nose and approach a boy about 15, his thin frame wreathed in smoke” (Carroll 79). After they make their profit, the old gadgets usually ends up contaminating the water source nearby. Carroll says, “Nearby, hulls of broken monitors float in the lagoon. Tomorrow the rain will wash them into the ocean” (Carroll 80). Its unfortunate simple business practices can cause so much damage to our environment, without any repercussion. Through unethical and unsustainable marketing strategies, our environment in return is taking the brunt force of major tech company’s unwillingness to create a device that will benefit both the consumer’s wallet, and the environment in which it gets
Humans have become desensitized to pollution and degradation of the environment. The use of non-recyclable materials and disposing of waste irresponsibly has become something that we see every day, and we do not acknowledge as something harmful, because it does not directly affect us. However, there are both fictional and nonfictional examples of excessive use of resources and the misuse of materials that we do have, that can bring to the attention the damage that we are really causing. Two examples of this are Dr. Suess’ The Lorax, and Easter Island. Although very different, both the inhabitants of the town in the Lorax and Easter Island both contributed to degradation of the environment.
Due to the negative effects caused from plastic it will always play a role in our environment. One hundred different chemicals have been created after the 1950s to the current day. Something people do not realize is that throwing a plastic wrapper on the ground will end up in a birds stomach, burning plastic in a fire will end up in the air we breathe, and recycling plastic will end up back in our homes. The author states, “I don’t even shop anymore. Anything I need will just float
Lars Eighner goes into great detail in his essay, “On Dumpster Diving”, when discussing about his experiences living on the streets and the ways of Dumpster diving. He called himself a “scavenger” and even though he would rather live a “comfortable consumer life,” he learned so much from being a scavenger. Eighner begins the chapter with the three principles; what is safe to consume, knowing the Dumpsters, and knowing the answer to the question “Why was this discarded?” He then discusses how to identify good or rotten foods; what will leave the person satisfied or have the person end up with botulism. Eighner also states the benefits of knowing the different locations of dumpsters, like his experience with the Dumpster behind a pizza delivery shop. He knew what time it closed and when the last employees left. He always had a lot to eat due to customer complaints or bogus calls.
Have you heard about some weird billionaires like Bill Gates? Gates is not only famous for his identity of billionaire but also well known for his asceticism. Applying to Pablo Picasso’s words, “I’d like to live as a poor man with lots of money” (515). Live as a rich man but think as a poor man. Living with lots of money does not necessarily restrict humans’ thoughts, if people can adjust themselves well in mental level. Sufficient income can guarantee what people need, but living poorly can not only satisfy people’s basic demand but also lead to personal elevation.
In her essay entitled “Garbage” from The Norton Sampler journalist Katie Kelley states that the cause of New York’s garbage problem results from the nonchalant attitude of its citizens.
Dumpster diving is a term particularly new to most individuals. It is quite confusing to determine if the term is defined as an art, a passion, or just another method of survival. The well-known author, Lars Eighner defines the true art form of dumpster diving in his essay, “On Dumpster Diving.” Eighner narrates his personal story of homelessness as he discloses specific directions on how to scavenge and how to go through a dumpster. He cleverly organizes his instruction on dumpster diving into various sections which gradually teach us about the craft and the passion. Throughout his journalistic essay, Eighner compares and contrasts between two opposing elements, classifies and divides important matters into several categories, and explains the effects of certain decisions in order to cover all aspects of dumpster diving.
How would you feel if the whole world threw all of their trash in your backyard? That would be a lot of trash. About twenty percent would be plastic. Two texts explain some things about pollution. One text is "Plastic: A Toxic Love Story." By Susan Friekel. The other one is "A Dirge" by Percy Bysshe Shelley.
Before delving into the arguments against interstate garbage transfer (IGT), it is important to highlight the many aspects of the trade. Many high population states, particularly on the East Coast where the population greatly exceeds the available state, are running out of room in their landfills, and have been running out for many years. The idea of interstate garbage transfer is by no means a new one, and has only gained public criticism due to “the environmental movement gaining momentum" . By this logic, the public is afraid of the environmental conditions behind garbage transfer, and afraid of the overall impact on their home-states. Many people residing in these areas have dubbed out of state garbage “New York Trash” and “New York City
If Patty 's wants to learn more about the history of her past she should "Save the trash". In my understanding, it seems as if she wants to find out more about Carmencita. This is the first time she shows curiosity about the family. She goes on to say, "The two boys must be about my age by now, Carmencita as old as my Mami would be if she hadn 't die". In my opnion it shows that she 's trying to make some type of connection. So saving her trash would be saving her chance of finding out about her
The Indutrial Revolution began in Britain in the 1700’s and spread throughout different parts of world. During this peiriod, vast amounts of people started moving from rural areas to urban areas looking for better job opportunities. Prior to the Industrail Revoliution, manuafcturing was often done in people’s homes. Slowly indutrialization established new machinery including the devlopment of the steam engine along with iron and textile industries. This was a great advancemt for the United States. Factories helped produce more goods, in less amounts of time. However, it led to the development of numerous enviromental hazards.The use of factories and mass production casued a depletion of certain resources such as coal and iron. It increased air polution, water pollution, population growth, and disrupted rural villages with the construction of railroads.
In today’s world, most developing countries are in a race to build up the necessary infrastructure to scale up there operations and become the next global superpower. In this process, a lot of energy is consumed – be it for transportation, manufacturing or construction. This rapid growth of energy use seen over the past two decades have raised concerns for governments and energy-related organizations alike. Questions with regard to the supply, sustainability and exhaustion of energy sources abound, and while most developed countries have taken active steps to reduce consumption of scarce resources, the position of developing countries in this regard is still lacking.