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Originally posted by chiron613
While it's true that individual efforts to recycle are almost insignificant compared to the waste committed by China and the US and every other country, that doesn't mean it's a waste of effort.
For one thing, it's not much effort to save energy. Turn off lights. How hard is that? Walk instead of drive when possible. Better for your health anyway, since most of us need to exercise more. Plastic bags? Get a few cloth recyclable ones. Doesn't take a whole lot of effort to spare some of the resources.
Why bother? Mainly for your own benefit. Lower electric bill, lower gasoline costs for those who drive, lower doctor bills (from walking). Being more attuned with the environment, even if others around you aren't doing their bit.
As for China - well, start to boycott Chinese-made goods. If ethical persuasion doesn't work (and it never has with governments and corporations), money always talks.