Response to Week 5, Prompt 1, Anti-Environmental

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That video was a clear depiction propaganda for the close-minded. An ecofriendly government, if done right of course, will not cause economic downturn. Carbon taxes placed on big businesses will allow for redistribution of money needed for the market to circulate. Not only would it deter excessive use of fossil fuels, the money the government received from such taxes can be put into education and other public needs. As for guilt, we should educate people and make them more aware. They may feel bad for their past actions but in the same sense that ignorance is only truly wrong when done knowingly, people should be able to forgive themselves for their lack of knowledge. Only after they become informed participants in the destruction of all living organisms should they feel irreconcilable remorse for their actions. In place of a negative method, Americans should feel a desire and be praised for using renewable resources. Wind power and other such resources are not perfected but they’re better than our use of fossil fuels. In this video the man suggests that being like Europe will cause America to fail. Sweden and Norway actually import trash to continue their program of turning wastes into energy. “In a country where only 4 percent of waste goes to landfills, officials have had to start importing trash so they can keep making heat and electricity,” as stated in an article by Charlie Wells of  the New York Daily New. “There are worries that burning rubbish may discourage recycling. Julian Kirby, of Friends of the Earth, says: “Waste for energy isn’t as green as it’s made out to be. We estimate that 80% of what’s in the average waste stream is easily recyclable.” Kirby argues that the incineration system creates confusion: “If you think your waste being burned is a good thing then you are more inclined to just chuck things away rather than recycling them.”” quoted from Helen Russel’s article in The Guardian. These two contrasting views show that although this is not the final solution, it is a step in the right direction and that Europe, whether the man in the video likes it or not, has something right.

Sources:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/sweden-imports-trash-norway-heat-electricity-article-1.1192661

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/jun/14/norway-waste-energy

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  1. I have to agree with your point regarding guilt, as described in the video. It is not the fault of an environmentalist teaching others about the harmful effects of fossil fuels if the other person subsequently feels guilty. The goal is to teach others about the impacts of their actions and make them more aware, as you mentioned. Any guilt another person feels is an unintended side effect of efforts to to curb fossil fuel use for factual reasons. Critiquing environmentalists for guilting others does not address the real intentions of most environmentalists.

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