RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION

How might we educate Mount Royal University students about the importance of waste segregation?

Therese Baluyot

In Calgary, the municipal government tends to deal with its municipal waste so efficiently that the average person does not see how much of it there is, or where it goes. Waste materials are out of sight and becomes out of mind for everyone. Calgarians do not think about the relentlessness in which the waste keeps coming, keeps needing a place to go, to hide, or sometimes to be reborn. Despite what anyone might believe about the city’s oft-cited ecological values and its liberal ambitions for the environment, Calgary along with the rest of the country still leads the developed world in per capita production of garbage.

At MRU, different initiatives have been implemented to address waste segregation but students and staff are still clueless about the negative effects of not sorting waste materials.