13 May 2015

Fictional examples of a world without recycling

Is our world destined to become like these if we don't change our attitudes to recycling?

  • The Simpsons episode Trash of the Titans, where Homer's concept of burying all the waste under Springfield causes an eruption of waste all over town, and they have to move 5 miles away.
  • The Futurama episode A Big Piece of Garbage where New York sends it waste out into space, but it returns
    • Also notable is the issue of global warming in episode Crimes of the Hot, where they basically drop a very large ice block at the North Pole on a regular basis.
  • WALL-E - The Buy N Large corporation owns all businesses, government and utilities, leading to mass consumerism and a disregard for proper waste management, resulting in the entire population of Earth taking spaceships to live in space, permanently. Summarised nicely in this behind the scenes video.
  • The Lorax - The Onceler starts off as an innocent wannabe musician, but ends up levelling and polluting an entire ecosystem, with money making him blind to the damage, creating a world where everything is plastic - even the trees. Summed up really well in the musical number, How Bad Can I Possibly Be?

Also an interesting topic is some crazy ideas in science fiction for recycling methods.