Green Initiative - Trash Talk

Early class photo, March 2003
The focus issue for this year's class in environmental ethics has been agriculture: whether high intensity agriculture is supportable in the face of an alternative of agroecology.

When it came time for this year's class to choose its class project, something that would take seriously the gifts and resources these particular people bring to this particular moment, and where they felt they needed to be stretched to learn something new, this class chose TRASH.

Their interest in trash was related to the whole cycle of obtaining food and disposing of waste:
  • obtaining nourishment,
  • being concerned about how far their food travels,
  • considering what agricultural and social conditions their food is grown in,
  • considering what they put into their bodies and what significance that has for their whole selves, including their spirits;
  • noticing what waste is generated from that nourishment,
  • how much trash they generate,
  • how to make some of that trash turn into new soil, and then how the soil can generate new food.

After course photo, May 2003
The following reflections document the changes each person noticed in themselves over the course of the project AND the photos document that each person has decreased their production of trash over the course of the semester.


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