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Garbology: Plot Summary
Garbology: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Garbology: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Edward Humes
Historical Context of Garbology
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- Full Title: Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash
- When Written: Early 2010s
- Where Written: Southern California
- When Published: 2012
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Nonfiction
- Setting: The United States in the 2010s
- Climax: Several climate-minded startups get sued by big polluter companies, right as they’re on the verge of success.
- Antagonist: The status quo and consumerists, like the plastic bag industry and J. Gordon Lippincott
- Point of View: Third Person
Extra Credit for Garbology
Road Rage. Humes is an outspoken critic of cars, calling their central place in American life “insane.” He notes that if the modern U.S. were a war zone, its car-filled highways would make it the most dangerous war zone of all time, with one year of car-related deaths being higher than one year of fatalities from Vietnam, Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan, the War of 1812, and the American Revolution combined.
Dog Person. Edward Humes supports animal adoption and helped rescue three greyhounds: Simon, Pirate, and Romeo.