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I was incredibly honored to not only attend, but to address the Pop!Tech conference over the past few days in Camden, Maine. The accomplishments, insight and creativity of the attendees was staggering, inspiring and frequently chilling.
Slipping back into New York a few thoughts have coalesced from the dizzying speed and scope of the past 3 days. Surrounded by with luminaries like Michael Pollan, Chris Jordan, John Fetterman and Dan Nocera it begins to seem obvious that the only checkpoint for consumption, production and waste is with the individual. From an energy, packaging and food perspective, the inputs and outputs are what matters. Government regulation and legislation is a pipe dream, so how do you create the societal will to change these behaviors inside and outside of the choir?
In a great presentation about networks, James Fowler forgave all of us for not being able to do this on our own. Like happiness or weight gain in a network, the new patterns of behavior must be adopted en masse to succeed and spread.
Speaking with Chris Jordan about the pacific gyre and his incredibly troubling albatross series, I start to wonder if it might not be better to just remove all the trash cans in New York City. Steve Barr repeated a glib quote that the best way to improve the nations schools would be to “make private schools illegal” and it’s tough to argue with the logic. Jordan’s work exists in part because the sanitation system works too well. We have no sense of the enormity of our collective consumption. Occasionally, a garbage can overflows in SoHo, but for the most part, our waste is quickly and efficiently shepherded out of sight.
If the damage is done the moment a plastic water bottle is created, it seems like a slim difference between whether it’s recycled or zipped off to a landfill or dropped on the ground. Perhaps the true vastness of consumer society can only be visible in the light of a good old fashioned sanitation strike, and I wonder if it’s not a quick path to collective disgust with how little concern we pay to our trash. I have recycled for as long as I can remember, but it no longer seems like baseline good behavior.
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