Iceland Cultural Story: Waste Management and Sustainability (LISTEN)

We covered Iceland Airwaves Music Festival and other cultural stories over the fall semester. Read about our adventures via our Iceland Airwaves 2016 page and tune into WCRX-FM for our final Radio Documentary on January 14th at 10 a.m. CT (livestream here) and during the encore presentation on January 15th at 10 a.m. CT. In the meantime, hear this cultural story that was produced while we were in Iceland.

Whether in the United States or Iceland, finding ways to change our consumerist lifestyles and manage garbage and waste more sustainably is an issue that new technologies and innovations are continuously trying to solve. Ragna Halldórsdottir is the Manager of Quality and Education at SORPA, a waste and recycling management facility in Iceland. In this piece, she speaks about Iceland’s recent waste management initiatives and areas of improvement. 

Three representatives from the University of Iceland’s Sustainability and Environmental Committee also discuss the importance of limiting consumption and waste in order to encourage a more sustainable lifestyle. Ólafur Páll Jónsson is a professor at the University’s School of Education, Þorbjörg Sandra Bakke is a a student studying environmental ethics and working at the University on sustainability and environmental issues, and Sigurlaug Lövdahl is the Office Manager at the Division of Buildings and Environment. Listen to learn more about Iceland’s carbon footprint, what individuals can do to help limit waste production and how waste ties into the much larger and more pressing issue of environmental sustainability as a whole. 

Stay tuned for the Columbia Covers Iceland Airwaves 2016 final documentary airing January 14 and January 15 at 10 a.m. This year’s class takes a look at crucial topics surrounding U.S. president-elect Donald J. Trump’s election victory including Muslim xenophobia, foreign labor, climate change and others from an international perspective. Here’s a sneak preview of my story about alternative energy’s role in combatting climate change, a topic that has raised concerns amongst citizens across the globe since Trump’s election. Hugi Ólafsson–the Director General of the Department of Oceans, Water and Climate at the Icelandic Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources–speaks about the importance of viewing a more sustainable lifestyle as a positive window of opportunity rather than an inconvenience.

About mackenziecrosson

Columbia College Chicago Cultural Studies and Multimedia Photojournalism student. Editorial Intern at Chicago-based travel media company OneGlobe Citizen.
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