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December 09, 2003

Pulp nonfiction. Despite being regarded as a green and eco-friendly country, we are outraged to report that the Swiss have utterly neglected their duties in one respect.

In half a day (before things even start properly) the summit has gone through a fair-sized rain forest in hand-outs, press releases etc, and we've seen just one person collecting paper for recycling in a place big enough for 13,000 participants.

Plus there appear to be no recycling bins for public use and the staff don't have a clue about how you would go about it.

Despite this summit being about the future of cyberspace, the vast majority
of those here seem to prefer hardcopy. Why?
Erin Dean @ December 9, 2003 07:33 PM

Comments (5)
Why, you ask? It's simple. Most people don't use their laptops in the bathroom... and I think it *is* that simple.

But on the flip side, the people there aren't from the cybergeneration, for the most part. They like the feel of a pen in their hands, a piece of paper... a clipboard...

Give them a laptop and they play solitaire. ;)
Taran @ December 9, 2003 07:56 PM
We have a representative attending the summit from our organization, Conservation International, . Her name is Kate Hughes. If you manage to track her down, I think she would have some interesting comments regarding the recycling and other environmental issues not being addressed at the summit.
Robert Fine @ December 9, 2003 11:53 PM
Could you give any indication (aside from the blog) as to what methods of digital technology are being used to enhance communication at the Summit?
Paul D @ December 10, 2003 10:32 AM
I'm going ask around to see if someone can give us some answers about recycling at this paper-laden summit (at least see if we can get some recycling bins!). I'll let you know what I find out. :-)
Kate Hughes @ December 10, 2003 05:46 PM
I checked around today-- no one could really give me any good answers... said that they are too busy to talk about it. Also, that I needed to understand that this is "French Switzerland" and people don't recycle here. In addition, I was told that there are some security concerns about it. Hmmm, with all of the security present, standing around at the check points, I don't know how this is possible....
Kate Hughes @ December 11, 2003 04:47 PM

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