Annotated Bibliography LaMoure

Dennison, Sara. Personal interview. 17 June 2015.

Waste removal is a serious problem in today's society. Sara Dennison tells about her background, experiences, and beliefs regarding waste removal in the twenty-first century. The world is in crisis and crying for help. Waste disposal is both naturally and unnaturally exhibited. A natural way of waste disposal is the removal and breakdown of materials in nature. However, nature is capable of renewal only to a certain degree. This brings us to the second form of exhibited waste disposal, unnaturally. Humans have created materials that nature can't get rid of. There is an abundance of garbage humans produce on a daily basis that must be disposed of in some form. We can get rid of this excess waste by process of incinerators, landfills, and recycling. There are counties in the world today such as Sweden that have taken the extra initiative to dispose of unnecessary and preventable waste. Others countries must now take the next step along with them to help our world and it's people.

Sara provided a large amount of current information to Upward Bound Program at Bemidji state University's Research 2 class that was useful for all people in today's world. Information provided regarding waste disposal must be current because technology changes at a very fast rate and new ways of preserving the environment are created everyday. Sara worked for GreenCorps, she is a volunteer coordinator for GreenStep in Bemidji, MN, and in addition she has a Masters degree in English. Sara most definitely feels very passionate regarding waste disposal. She feels that the people of the world must reduce the amount of material they consume or the world will be destroyed by humans themselves. Sara brought light to a variety of concerns for the future of our world. She chose to teach and persuade Bemidji State Upward Bound's Research 2 Class. Her experiences and knowledge have given knew thoughts to how the world consumes and disposes.

As a current student enrolled in high school, a sixteen year old attempting to contribute to society, and as a consumer I found the information Sara presented was accurate. In the United States economy in the current year people take for granted the amount of resources available for consumption. As a student it is evident to me that there is a problem given the facts, as a sixteen year old I don't see how I will be able to help the problem, as a consumer I don't see any need to change my habits. Sara provoked the thought in which entitles everyone to contribute to the deduction of waste produced. How is one person able to make any such difference? I've found that one person is not able to change how that world acts but rather a group of people that come up with ways to create a more stable and sound plan for the future. Having an idea and making it a reality are separated by the ability to have a plan and put it in action. We as a race must come together and want to make a difference first.

McKinley, Jesse. "In a California Town, Birth Defects, Deaths and Questions." The New York Times 6 February 2010. Web. 23 June 2015.

The article is a story regarding the waste disposal facility in Kettleman, California and it's effects on the people in the surrounding area. There have been reported birth defects and deaths of children in area in and around Kettleman city. Many people believe the defects are caused by the amount of waste in the area and how it is being disposed.Others however believe that the facility has nothing to do with the defects or deaths that are occurring in the area.

The article on Kettleman City is an example of waste in real life and how it can affect others surrounding it. The New York Times published an article in 2010 in which it promptly stated that the waste disposal facility in Kettleman, California is the cause for six birth defects and of those six, three deaths of children and infants. All of which is said in the article appears unbiased to the reader and left for them to have their own opinion. The purpose of the article is to produce news to the public and inspire debate because America is based off opinion and The New York Times gives people just that.

The New York Times is a reliable source for information. They distribute thousands of online articles, newspapers, and magazines everyday to the public. I believe that the families in the area are grieving the loss of the children. They are feeling the need to blame someone or something for the loss of the children and the waste facility is a large corporation that can make their case public and bring notice. The waste facility creates widespread debate by people who support or do not support their work. The children are a means of springing up an underground debate against the work they perform in the Kettleman landfill.

The Story of Stuff. Dir. Louis Fox. Free Range Studios, 2007. Web.

The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard is a brief twenty minute video in which Annie explains the faults in today's explanation of the process of consumption. As humans we consume much more than the amount of resources available to us for consumption. It is not possible to consume a linear pattern in a finite world. There are some many factors that play a role in the flow of consumption. We must limit ourselves or the flow will soon cease to exist.

Annie Leonard is a strong willed believer of change. She believes we must change how we act in the process of consumption. Annie presented her video to the public in 2007. This date is becoming increasingly outdated. Her thoughts are relevant to the topic of waste consumption but many of her ideas have become outdated. She is putting her thoughts and opinions out to the public for viewing everyday. She mostly would like to see anyone who is a consumer. She is a very educated woman of this process. She has a degree in City and Regional Planning along with the experience of being the president of GreenPeace have helped her maintain her status has a well balanced educator in the field.

I believe Annie was accurate that humans must reduce the amount of waste they produce. We produce more waste than we can get rid of, handle, and restock resources. However I don't agree with how the waste is disposed of. I believe we have many very clean and efficient ways of removal currently. There are multiple ways of using the ways we dispose of waste to benefit us. Annie is zooming in on the current negatives to much and needs to broaden her perspective.

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