1) Havel tells us that things will never be the same as they were 50 or 5,000 years ago. In paragraphs 9 and 10 is what really hit home with me. He talks about his reflection on today's world problems and how we must return again to the roots of human existence. He also talks about introducing ecologically clean technologies and not relying on just one invention as a panacea. Havel may be absolutely right, at what point to do we say enough is enough and start fixing the underlying problems of our potentially fatal actions? Sure it may not happen in the next several decades, but why make future generations face the repercussions of our actions?
2) The problem I focused on is recycling. It affects everyone. By not recycling we are just wasting more resources than we really need to. We can't just assume that every source will always replenish itself forever, so if we continue to abuse the resources we have now, we might not always have them later, and that's not fair to future generations. I think the city could do more out reach programs to communities to make the option to recycle easily accessible. The positive outcome would be that more people would recycle and we could conserve more, and we wouldn't have as many landfill just taking up space with garbage. The negative would be the cities that make it more accessible and more people recycling, is they would have to pay someone to do the collection of the recycled materials and properly dispose of them. Some cities might not have the budget to create more positions no matter the positive outcome. I think make it easier for people to recycle and educate them on the importance. We need to start spending in the right areas and this is definitely one of them.
-Here is the link to my best source: http://www.columbus.gov/RecyColumbus/