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A&E.A - inquiry question response

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Lisa Berber (lberber)
Mon, 1 Dec 1997 15:02:14 -0700 (MST)

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In the Art & Ecology website, in "Conversations about Teaching
Contemporary Ecological Art" there is a question asking, "How has your
community addressed ecological issues, traditionally and in recent
times?'. Well, recently here in Tucson (and in the rest of the country, I
assume) we had America Recycles Day. Sounds like a good idea, but I
probably wouldn't have found out about it had I not attended an event at
the Convention Center. I heard no advertising or public service
announcements regarding this. Next problem - the "day" was from 10am to
2pm and took place at Home Depot locations only. Furthermore, prizes were
provided for people who took part. Lastly, they were only accepting white
paper for recycling.

Sure, we have limited curbside recycling here, but if it's called America
Recycles Day, shouldn't we accept all recyclable materials? All day? And
we need to get to a point where people don't have to be bribed to recycle.
Recycling should become an automatic thought when making garbage deposits.
Who agrees? Disagrees?

Lisa Berber
Univ. of Arizona

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