Student or Learner
What does this "this is as it should be" mean? "this is excellent"?
There is an odd disconnection between theory and practice when it comes to recycling. On a practical level, it is increasingly the case that everyone does it; on a theoretical level, neither environmental advocates ➀ nor their critics talk much about it. The disconnection can be found on the shelves in bookstores. Recycling is a favorite topic of books full of “household hints to help ➁ save the planet"; nothing, it seems, is better suited for do-it-yourself environmental improvement than household waste. But books ➂ analyze the fate of the earth and the state of the environmental movement have almost nothing to say about recycling and solid waste. While recycling is by far the most common practical step ➃ that people take to help the environment, the hopes and fears of environmentalists are focused elsewhere. In part, this is as it should be: other problems, much more difficult to address at the household level, ➄ are clearly more urgent than recovery of materials from trash.