|From Our Salem (logo and comments in red added)|
|The focus areas: It's about garbage -via the FAQ|
|Earthwise sample preliminary assessment|
does not measure transportation emissions;
makes transportation a fringe benefit, not core.
As it operated in 2016, Earthwise is not a start on carbon reduction, and the City should be very careful about any move to try to leverage it as a carbon strategy.
More than this, the Earthwise program might actually be a distraction from what really matters, a project that reinforces the status quo more than it causes change. At Vox an activist wrote, "I work in the environmental movement. I don’t care if you recycle: Stop obsessing over your environmental 'sins.' Fight the oil and gas industry instead." The micro-scale of recycling may distract from the macro-scale of carbon pollution. Small consumerist decisions by individuals do not attain that scale that is necessary. We need system change.