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I can’t tell you how important I think this book is. I don’t want to preach but I’ve been an avid recycler ever since I went to Morocco in the 70s and saw how they used everything several times over. This highly readable ‘chronicle of waste’ is a real eye-opener. It’s got some shattering statistics about our domestic trash, the various ways it is dealt with and what we need to do to help stem the flow before it overpowers us. Do please look at it.
We can no longer cope with our waste. Every hour in the UK we throw away enough rubbish to fill the Albert Hall – a statistic quoted so often that perhaps we’ve stopped imagining what it means. And every year the flow accelerates. Yet our systems for disposal remain as crude as ever. Plan A: chuck it in a hole. Plan B: dump it on someone else’s doorstep.
The story of our rubbish - a mucky saga of carelessness, greed and opportunism, wasted opportunity and official bungling – is at the heart of Richard Girling’s book. But Rubbish! is also a plea for us to reconsider other kinds of waste: our trashing of the landscape; our defilement of towns and cities with tawdry architecture and thoughtless planning; our obliteration of wildlife; the unstoppable floods of junk that clog our mailboxes, litter the skies and foul the airwaves.
‘Rubbish!’ may not be a conventional battle cry but this is unmistakably a call to arms. Not simply for the three ‘R’s – Reduce, Re-use, Recycle. But for us to fight for investment in new ideas; to put brave initiative ahead of reliance on systems that might once have been innovative but which are now crumbling before our eyes.Hard-hitting, passionate, provocative, Girling is also persuasive, often funny and always entertaining.
Publication date: 01/06/2005
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
|Publication date:||1st June 2005|
|Publisher:||Transworld Publishers Ltd|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, The Real World,|
|Categories:||Pollution & threats to the environment, Waste management, Conservation of the environment,|
Richard Girling was editorial manager of the Sunday Times Magazine, had a regular column for the Daily Telegraph during the 1990s, and is now a senior feature writer on the Sunday Times Magazine - contracted to write a minimum 8 cover stories and/or major features a year. He is the author of THE VIEW FROM THE TOP, an illustrated guide to the structure and history of the British landscape (Little, Brown 1997), and was a major contributor to the Readers' Digest social history of the 20th century, YESTERDAY'S BRITAIN. He has edited seven Sunday Times books. He won the Evian Award ...More About Richard Girling