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Title:
Taming plastic : stop the pollution
ISBN:
9781939053244
Physical Description:
v, 41 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Summary:
Plastic seems like a miraculous invention. You can make it into any shape, color or size, and it can be flexible or sturdy. Plastic also lasts forever-and that's a big problem. It's estimated that by 2050 there'll be more pounds of plastic in our oceans than pounds of fish. Recycling programs are growing faster than the collected plastic can be processed, and not all plastic can be recycled. Learn about the creative solutions that visionary people across the planet are using to curb plastic waste. Become an Emergency Planetary Technician and find out what you can do every day to tame plastic.
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Plastic seems like a miraculous invention. You can make it into any shape, color or size, and it can be flexible or sturdy. Plastic also lasts forever--and that's a big problem. It's estimated that by 2050 there'll be more pounds of plastic in our oceans than pounds of fish. Recycling programs are growing faster than the collected plastic can be processed, and not all plastic can be recycled.Learn about the creative solutions that visionary people across the planet are using to curb plastic waste. Become an Emergency Planetary Technician and find out what you can do every day to tame plastic.


Author Notes

Albert Bates is the author of 18 books on climate, history, and ecology, including Carbon Cascades: Redesigning Human Ecologies to Reverse Climate Change (2019) The Paris Agreement (2015), and The Biochar Solution (2010). His book Climate inCrisis (1990) was among the first to call attention to global warming. He is the founder and director of the Global Village Institute for AppropriateTechnology (GVIx.org). He also wrote Transforming Plastic: From Pollution to Evolution (2019) for adults.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

"Plastics were created to last forever... and that's the problem," reads the back of this heavy-hitting nonfiction title from environmental activist Bates. Readers learn about the history of plastic, the economy's addiction to it, and its toll on the environment in spreads featuring an assortment of stock images. Though unflinchingly direct about the escalating plastics crisis, a good half of the volume identifies alternatives and outlines creative ways in which governments, businesses, and individuals currently participate in waste-reduction movements, including Lego's investment in biodegradable materials research. Bates assures young people that their efforts count and urges them to become "emergency planetary technicians." A closing quotation by Einstein sums the volume up: "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." Somber and eye-opening. Ages 9--12. (Mar.)


Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Chapter 1 Is Plastic Fantastic?p. 1
The Hunt for Plastic Beginsp. 1
Bakelite Hits the Stagep. 2
Know Your Plasticp. 5
Chapter 2 We're Drowning in All This!p. 9
Why Can't We Just Recycle It All?p. 11
Recycling Plastic Comes to a Haltp. 12
What about Plastic from Plants?p. 15
We May Always Want Some Plasticp. 17
Chapter 3 Molding and Shaping a New Futurep. 19
Shape-Shifting Plasticp. 20
Rethinking Shapep. 21
Chewing through the Plastic We Havep. 22
Making Plastic from Renewable Resourcesp. 24
Chapter 4 Be an Emergency Planetary Technicianp. 29
Government Taking the Leadp. 29
Companies in Actionp. 31
Treating Plastic Like Currencyp. 32
The Ocean Cleanupp. 33
Act with Consciencep. 35
Indexp. 39