Solutions To Plastic Waste, Real or Imagined?

Holly Hogan’s article “The Secret Life of Plastic” tells a horrifying tale of where our plastic waste ends up, and what COVID-19 has done to our desire to rid ourselves of plastic packaging. Her account of the plastic waste burning in the Arctic when she was there for an aerial survey is truly worrying. I can’t help feeling despondent about the survival of the human species, and all the other inhabitants of this planet we’ll likely take into extinction along with us.

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In his pensive about climate change, Nigel Wild wrote about the onerous effects of the changing climate on our environment.

Let’s get away from the dystopian vision for a while! Can you tell a story or write a poem about a possible solution to the waste problems we have created ourselves? Artificial intelligence-engineered mutant enzymes? Perhaps a more natural solution, for example honeybees or moths?

Have you an optimistic story of your own that will turn the tide on this potential catastrophe?

Image by Andrea Bohl from Pixabay

1 Comment

  1. Dear Gill,

    2023 has been the year during which I have decided to use my skills as a storyteller to try to imagine a better future for us all. I haven’t quite worked out how yet, but I am working on it. It certainly has to do with circular things (economies, for one) and never giving up. I think permaculture has some of the answers, just this morning I was reading about edible forests that were planted to reduce soil erosion. Now that’s a beautiful idea.

    Greetings to you in Orkney, a place very close to my heart.

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