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Until recently, our waste decomposed naturally, passing through the inevitable cycle of decay, metamorphosis, and regeneration. But the global industrial system, argue environmental activists Jensen (Endgame) and McBay, now produces massive amounts of unsustainable and toxic wastes. In fact, Earth is suffocating on plastics and persistent chemicals. The authors focus on some of these harmful products, discuss reasons why our culture produces so much waste, and explain why individual action is insufficient to solve our enormous problems. Finally, they explore the kind of activism needed to protect our planet and make our culture life-affirming. This compelling book has a refreshing style, at once very personal and very passionate. It is also thorough, with historical, scientific, statistical, and anecdotal evidence filtered through a lot of anger and some quirky humor. Compared with similar books on waste and sustainability like Renee Loux's Easy Green Living, this one succeeds admirably. Highly recommended for most libraries.