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The Plastic Industry Is Growing During COVID. Recycling? Not So Much.
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Plastic Has A Big Carbon Footprint - But That Isn't The Whole Story
This story from NPR explores the environmental impact of how plastic is made.
Looks are deceiving in Chinese town that was US e-waste dumping site | REVEAL
Discarded electronics are some of the most difficult items to recycle, and often the most toxic. One former e-waste recycling site in China is looking to clean up the mess.
Is Recycling Worth It Anymore/ The Truth Is Complicated
NPR dives into piles of recycled materials that aren't being reprocessed because of the cost of doing business.
Recycling Basics | Environmental Protection Agency
This guide from the EPA helps consumers figure out what can and can't be recycled.
"If It Can't Be Reduced" | Pete Seeger
Folk singer Pete Seeger strums along to the steps one can take to reduce waste.
Who created this message?
- What kind of “text” is it?
- How similar or different is it to others of the same genre?
- What are the various elements (building blocks) that make up the whole?
What creative techniques are used to attract my attention?
- What do you notice (about the way the message is constructed)?
- What’s the emotional appeal?
- What makes it seem “real?”
- What's the emotional appeal? Persuasive devices used?
How might different people understand this message differently from me?
- How many other interpretations could there be?
- How could we hear about them?
- How can you explain the different responses?
What lifestyles, values, and points of view are represented in, or omitted from, this message?
- What type of person is the reader/watcher/listener invited to identify with?
- What ideas or perspectives are left out?
- How would you find what’s missing?
- What judgments or statements are made about how we treat other people?
Why is this message being sent?
- What's being sold in this message? What's being told?
- Who is served by or benefits from the message
– the public?
– private interests?
Do recycling programs help reduce waste?
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