With population growth and increased consumption, we are producing more waste than before. In 2016, New York was widely cited as the world’s most wasteful city, using the most energy, disposing of the most trash, and using more water than any other city. While cities and corporates continue to introduce waste reducing schemes and encourage recycling, more robust efforts are needed to address the growing negative environmental and social impacts of waste. Continue reading “Trash talking”
Aravind Adiga’s award-winning The White Tiger is full of contrasts – ‘twinned pairs and dualities‘. These highlight, not all too subtlety, the widening gap – this ever-present divide – between the rich and the poor, between progress and under-development, between promise and hopelessness. The passages are abound with irony.
“We recognize that people are at the centre of sustainable development and, […] strive for a world that is just, equitable and inclusive” – Rio+20 Outcome Document, The Future We Want, 2012
Compare the above policy narrative with the below:
“My son walks 5 kilometres to his sister’s school to study English. He was going to be a doctor one day” – Solomon Vandy, Blood Diamond, 2006