To make the circular economy work, organisations need to purchase products that have been made from recycled materials. But many materials, especially when they have been contaminated, cannot be recycled. They face a gradual downward slope ending in heat death incineration. It’s about increasing entropy – that is to say, disorder. For which, read usefulness. There’s only so many times paper and plastic can be recycled. There’s only one principle in existence on planet Earth that reverses entropy, creating order from chaos, usefulness from dust – and that is life. Life’s organising principle, from the cell, through organisms, ecosystems, and up to the ecosystem of the entire planet, is what gives us life and our life support system.
The COVID-19 crisis puts fundamentals in perspective. There are primary threats, and secondary subjects. Both the pandemic and climate change belong to the first category. Climate change is the greatest challenge of our generation, and the next 10 years will be crucial to addressing it. Together we must reduce CO2 emissions and halt the rise in Earth’s temperature.
Suriname has become the second nation globally to outline updated plans to fight climate change in the hope of ensuring that any future increase in the temperature of the planet does not exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
We asked Grist readers to share the customs, habits, and practices that taught them how to reuse, recycle, and waste less.