Earth Day every day: some ideas

| June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

What did your school do to mark Earth Day (22 April) 2014? You could have screened the short acclaimed 2009 documentary Dive! Filmmaker Jeremy Seifert exposed how much food Americans throw away collectively (96 billion pounds annually) by focusing on ‘dumpster divers’, or those who search garbage units for their daily ‘bread ’.

The film uncovers divers tucking into perfectly acceptable but ‘slightly soiled’ meat and eggs and vegetables and confectioner y ‘past their sell-by date’. Since the economic downturn in the US, dumpster diving has become an open secret for thousands of families who can’t afford to buy the basics. For ‘freegans’– people who employ alternative strategies for living based on limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources – diving is a way of life.

According to the website http://autonomies.org/, “Freegans… recognise that in a… mass-production economy dr iven by profit, abuses of humans, animals, and the earth abound at all levels of production (from acquisition to raw materials to production to transportation) and in just about ev ery product we buy.”

Category: Winter 2014

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