Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Electronic Waste In Africa, Too

I have written several times about electronic waste and have posted a few videos, too. I found another story out of Ghana where children are combing through piles of computers to try and earn a living. The report is appalling but it is not anything we haven't heard before. This is symptomatic of two problems in our society. The first is mass consumption without thought for the consequences. We can make individual choices to minimize our damage and help others do the same. The second is a function of our regulatory and economic system that (usually) makes it cheaper to pollute than to be responsible. As citizens we can make a difference in that area by being involved in our communities and governments. Electronic waste is just one of many environmental problems we export and until we start seeing piles of burning wires in our cities it is unlikely we'll do anything about it.

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