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Zero Waste Panel addresses environmental concerns

Zero Waste Panel addresses environmental concerns

Have you heard the phrases “cradle to cradle” and “circular economy?” If not, surely you’ve been plagued by the problem of recycling those pesky plastic films and wrappers that seem to come with everything you buy. And how do you get rid of those palm fronds that the city will not take in the green bin? Of course, you try to make just enough food for the family, but when you do have left-overs gone bad, what do you do with them?

We, in the U.S. produce more than 30 percent of the planet’s waste, with only 4 percent of its population.

U.S. households throw away more than 40 percent of good, edible food. Only about a third of all this is recycled or composted. The rest goes to the landfills, polluting the soil, the air and water that we rely on to keep us healthy.

What do these day to day problems, along with the raging fires and floods all over the country, have to do with the larger question of climate change, and its very obvious effects that continue to devastate greater and greater portions of this Earth that is our precious home?

A panel of experts will address these and other immediate concerns that we, as conscious consumers, are trying to come to grips with. These experts are working toward Zero Waste in and through their specific fields of expertise, and will constitute a panel to inform, discuss, and answer questions from the audience on Oct. 19. at 4 p.m. in the Scripps Ranch Library.

What is Zero Waste? In the last 20 years, “no waste,” a simple term expressing the aspirations of recycling activists, became “zero waste,” and a social movement bearing that name quickly took root in the USA, Europe, Asia and the entire globe. It signified a change in perspective, looking at things we discarded as resources for new products. This would not just reduce the waste stream going to the landfills, but re-use and re-purpose valuable material that had economic value. There are many other benefits to this way of thinking and living, as you will see and hear from the panel of experts.

Among them is Richard Anthony, who has been working for many years with policy to introduce laws to help reduce waste and divert it properly – as recycling, green waste or trash – all the while attempting to minimize the trash component as it goes to the landfills.

His daughter, Laura Anthony, has been running the Fixit clinics in and around San Diego. She will talk about the repair option, to save old appliances.

Lindsey Smith will assist us in being conscious, zero waste consumers.

A representative from San Diego County will give an overview of regional zero waste goals and mandates.

Attendees will learn about the community composting efforts of Food2Soil from Jennifer Jamilosa.

All are invited to join us at our Garden Share, irrespective of whether you grow things or not, at 3:30 p.m., prior to the event. It is our small attempt at not just building community, but also reducing waste and healing the earth.

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