What we’re told to do is bollocks

In the face of this deep, urgent, horrific catastrophe of climate change what are we told to do? Recycle and carry on.

Some things are too complex to address, and government has limited choices: it can’t dismantle a system so powerful, but can only tinker. It can shift blame from corporations to individuals, it can shift ownership of resources and waste, it can write the rules and make the laws. Recycling happens to be perfect.

That coke bottle on the ground. The young guy blamed and prosecuted for dropping it. But who owns it? The person buying it, or the corporation who mined it, made it, filled it, and sold it for profit, knowing that it was not reusable and would end up wasted.

Who owns it? The council I pay to collect it, the waste contractor whose cheapest quote ensures the worst end-result, the carrier who takes it abroad to a regulation-lite environment, the Malaysian or Filipino company paid to process that plastic waste?

Those who suffer might be the family who lives next to the waste tip, who drink from the river where the escaped bottle floats, the fish who eat the plastic remains in the sea?

The fisherman catches the fish, processed into sandwiches at your supermarket, where you eat the plastic in the tuna sandwich.

Eating your own recycling is an image that sticks – and one creative people can use, such as Plastic Ocean.

Recycling just keeps us consuming, micro-changes are bollocks.

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