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Discussion: (9 comments)

  1. i frequent a half dozen environmental websites daily & the first i’ve heard of “earth day” is here at carpe diem; & you probably have more posts on it than the rest of the web…

    1. The official Earth Day is Monday, April 22, but there are many related events and activities this weekend. Probably by Monday, there will be lots of posts, news, op-eds, etc. so I decided to get started a little early this year.

      1. Among the least “sustainable” trends: the amount of attention to Earth Day seen here.

        1. Methinks

          You might want to have someone explain to you what “unsustainable” means, Greg.

  2. Steven Hales

    A Jew encounters the WASPish religious left:

    “My county government never tried to send me a New Testament, but it did send me a recycling bin.” — Steven Landsburg

    1. RonRonDoRon

      Not only that, but many local governments require sorting into recycle bins or cans.

  3. Jon Murphy

    He does have a point. As recycling reduces the need for more trees, and thus the value, there would be LESS impetus on companies to protect forests, not more. Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that by recycling all the paper currently in the world now, we could supply the world’s paper demand for the rest of time. Who, then, needs trees? Trees have no value, so they become disposable. Forests would be bulldozed for other purposes.

    I recycle. I believe there are good reasons for recycling, but “saving the Earth” isn’t one of them.

  4. When in doubt fall back on the seminal Penn & Teller explanation of recycling

  5. Jack Kenny

    Mr. Landburg’s theory is that by abandoning recycling and increasing our consumption of new paper, we send an economic signal to lumber companies to plant more trees, thereby enlarging forests. But it takes a lot longer for seeds and saplings to grow into trees than it does to cut trees down and haul them off to the saw mill. So, it seems to me, at any given time increased paper consumption would be shrinking not enlarging the forests. Am I wrong?

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