Just watched a video on America vs. Taiwan on the issue of recycling. There’s a whole series, I guess, the other day I saw one that was U.S. vs. Japan on school lunches, and the Japanese system was brilliant, the kids cooked the meal and cleaned up after, and the vegetables were raised in the school garden. With U.S. v Taiwan, it was just that Taiwan has musical garbage trucks, so taking out the trash is like a visit to the Good Humor man, and the bags for trash were more expensive than the bags for recyclables. Not bad ideas, but it struck me as a bit more of a gimmick than a comprehensive plan.
These videos remind me of an old joke, an old internet meme, about how in heaven the cops are all British, the cooks are all Italian, the mechanics are all German, and it went on with a whole bunch of nationalities but you get the gist, and hell is where the cops are all German, the mechanics Italian, and the chefs are all British.
It’s a bit of humor, of course, but there’s a point to it. We could all learn from just looking, around the world, which is excessively easy these days, seeing who’s doing it best, and emulating them. If Sweden can reduce their carbon footprint to almost nothing and completely eliminate their garbage, everybody else can, too. If Germany can power their whole country on wind and solar, everybody can. If Japan and China can build high speed trains powered by magnets, then everybody can build high speed trains powered by magnets.
When you can learn from the best, there’s no point in not learning from the best.