National Recycling Day is November 15 this year, and we at TU Press want you to do your part for the earth by reducing, reusing, and recycling, in that order. There are so many easy and convenient ways to reuse or recycle if you simply make the choice to do your part.
Check out America Recycles Day for events and to take a pledge to recycle more. Go to I Want To Be Recycled to learn about the recycling process, and Earth 911 for ideas about more things to reuse or recycle.
Recycling Day aims to increase awareness and education about recycling, but environmental conservation cannot just happen one day a year.
Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril argues for the moral importance of united and deliberate action to protect the environment, not only because it is right but because it is necessary for our survival. In the essay “Who We Really Are,” Thomas Friedman argues that environmental action also defines who were are as humans:
“Environmental law expert John Dernbach once remarked to me that in the final analysis, ‘the decisions Americans make about sustainable development are not technical decisions about peripheral matters, and they are not simply decisions about the environment. They are decisions about who we are, what we value, what kind of world we want to live in, and how we want to be remembered.’ We are the first generation of Americans in the Energy-Climate era. This is not about whales anymore. It’s about us. And what we do about the challenges of energy and climate, conservation and preservation, will tell our kids who we really are.”