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Wasteland: The Dirty Truth About What We Throw Away, Where It Goes, and Why It Matters

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About the Author Oliver Franklin-Wallis is an award-winning magazine journalist and currently the features editor of British GQ. For most of us, it’s a simple case of making our very modern problem-having far too much stuff-someone else’s.

Even though he’s a UK author and many of the examples are from his end of the world, there were still enough general issues mentioned that affect all of us as humans on earth. This next quote references how to counterbalance pollution: “There’s an old saying in environmental science: “The solution to pollution is dilution.Additionally, his proposed solutions are well considered, including suggestions to “make greenwashing illegal” and hold companies responsible for the waste they produce, no matter where it ends up. They can snowball into “fatbergs,” immense fat-white plugs of decomposing putrescence that block entire sewers and cause the system to burst and flood the streets above. All joking aside, this is a super complex topic with no quick fix or clear roadmap to outline how we can, collectively, turn a corner, but it's easy to see that our growing waste problem will have an immense impact on the world for many, many, MANY generations to come. And "Wasteland" is worth a read, it's one of the best books I've read on waste and our broken, often non-existent, systems to deal with it.

Tirelessly reported, it is a book both horrifying in its implications and gleefully hair-raising in the way it is told. With this mesmerizing, thought-provoking, and occasionally terrifying investigation, Oliver Franklin-Wallis tells a new story of humanity based on what we leave behind, and along the way, he shares a blueprint for building a healthier, more sustainable world—before we’re all buried in trash. I don't think the author at all intended for this book to be a gloomy outlook on how we are all f**ked.After months of investigating, the enormity of the waste issue, “begins to take a spiritual toll” on Franklin-Wallis (as he notes in the acknowledgements, he suffers from a chronic pain condition which affected the writing of the book).

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