Monday, February 29, 2016

Why we Need Global Change!

Garbage around the World:

Here in America we are lucky enough to have one of the more established landfill systems, or an established system at all. Most developing countries are not as fortunate, which in turn is just as unfortunate for the rest of the world as well. Here we will take a look at only some of the countries who are contributing heavily to this global problem.

In 2004 China because the number one country in garbage and waste generation. Today, China is producing an average of around 2.5 pounds of garbage per day per person. Topping out a little over 7 pounds per person each day in the northeastern area of Hegang. The biggest problem that they face is by addressing this problem at the root. They have various efforts in how to rid of the trash that they produce, however they have no sort of reduction plan or restriction.
Recently, Lebanon has been in the news for what they call the "River of Garbage" flowing through their capitol city of Beirut. Many protestors are taking action by burning the garbage, however this increases the pollution in the air and also the chances of acid rain. By having garbage covering the city and in their water sources it also opens doors for diseases to be spread very easily.


Manshiyat Nasser is a city in Cario Egypt but is more often referred to as “Garbage city”. It is a slum settlement of about 60,000 people who live among these piles of garbage covering every open surface in this settlement. The garbage is the result of the 20 million people population in Cario, which has never established a landfill system. One tactic they have used to reduce this city of garbage is through pigs. The pigs will eat all of the organic material leaving behind what would otherwise not decompose effectively anyways. This has caused many health problems however, especially with the outbreak of the swine flu in 2009 causing the government to kill all of the pigs. 

Previously, this area of India has had an organized garbage system, however in the last few years due to a surge in population there has been limited space for all this increasing garbage. On top of this, there was a major garbage worker strike around this same time, which resulted in the dense population to have no where else to dispose of their trash than their very own streets. Another iconic "tourist" sight is the "trash trail" which is an 9 hour by foot or van trail of garbage through the cities wasteland. Along the way there are individuals who are trying to fix the garbage problem by sorting through it for things that can be reused and recycled. However, to have that much garbage coming from so much poverty is astounding and dangerous to their health along with the global contribution it is having on the problem that is pollution. 

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