I am a pessimistic recycler. Yes, I try my best to recycle, reuse, and cut down on waste – but I do not think it will ultimately solve the world’s pollution problems for future generations. Even if everybody DOES recycle conscientiously (which I am also pessimistic about), I believe it is a losing battle. The fact is, that man has a long history of harming, robbing, even decimating the planet – and, sadly, old habits die hard.