As I read “Stealing and Selling Nature” by Tim Swinehart, I immediately agreed with what Swinehart said is lacking in a school curriculum because as he addressed issues and topics I could remember having those experiences. Particularly when he mentioned how the Industrial Revolution is taught, I could not help but think about the first reading in the chapter, “Plastics and Poverty” by Van Jones. Jones explains how “…low income people often are the ones buying the products that have these dangerous chemicals in them.” His explanation of the vicious cycle lower income people face and how the pollution unequally affects them is so simple once it is laid out. However, throughout my school career prior to college, sustainability and environmental issues were brushed over in science classes, and human rights issues were discussed briefly when talking about colonization in history. However, these two issues were always very polarized from one another, and they were always discussed in past tense. I was never taught to question the ways in which not only the environment but people were affected by industrialization and mass production. Seeing these two articles side by side forced a present day look at issues I would not have as quickly thought of in regards to production of the disposable goods we take for granted.
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