Friday 20 April 2018

Why does climate change not get same hype as plastic waste?

Recycling plastic will not change the levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, writes David Robbins

Harmful greenhouse gases on the environment don’t get the same news coverage as plastic waste. Stock photo
Harmful greenhouse gases on the environment don’t get the same news coverage as plastic waste. Stock photo

David Robbins

When I tell people at the vegan, biodynamic, politically correct dinner parties we academics are always being invited to, that I study media coverage of climate change, I get one of two reactions.

The first one involves a slight pause, a puzzled frown and then: "Well, we're very keen on recycling, aren't we, Desmond?"

Great. Fair play. But nothing to do with climate change.

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