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How about dropping the drumbeat emphasis on the problem and making room for the solutions.
If there were two available speakers on a medical epidemic - one who wrung his .hands about how terrible it is and one who had a working cure, TED and everyone else would surely focus on the cure. Yet when we talk about trash and waste and disposal and garbage and the Pacific Gyre, the exact opposite happens. Endless books and articles and TED talks lament the problem. Where the garbage goes after discard is considered fascinating in one book, article and video after another. Garbage dumps, ragpickers, poisoned waterways are part of popular culture. Solutions are nowhere to be seen in popular literature. Recycling is not a solution to anything - it is universally a failure. Yet deeper analyses, such as Zero Waste Theory which is what I work on, seems to be viewed with suspicion. Surely there can't be any solution. Somehow this is known in advance. We may cure cancer, but never the drive to make garbage. We must just live with it forever. Very peculiar!