Tuesday, September 11, 2007

[TIPS] running the numbers


I saw this on Rocketboom today. It’s hard to describe. Take plastic bottles, for example. The US goes through a lot of them, right? According to this guy, we go through two million plastic bottles – EVERY FIVE MINUTES! And we dispose of 426,000 cell phones EVERY DAY, and 60,000 plastic grocery bags EVERY FIVE SECONDS!!

Can’t get your mind around that? Then look at this guy’s work. It’s a series of mosaics that.. are hard to describe. But DO check it out. Print the set of three pictures for your room and let the kids try to get their minds around the kind of waste we’re talking about. After all, THEY will have to be the ones to clean it all up someday.

(I liked the comments of the late Kurt Vonnegut, Jr, in a recorded talk a few years back. When asked if he had anything to say to the future he said, “Yes I do. ‘I’m sorry!’”)

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