Goodwill Industries in America refurbishes and recycles goods no longer wanted and resell the products to others at a low price. The CEO of Goodwill was reported to have made over 1 million dollars one year for his directions and business conducts. There are other thrift stores that cropped up in the last decades as well. Though it is just a small part of earth conscience, they are up and coming and are popular with many people.
The sad truth is that millions of people are dying every year from the United States, Canada, Australia, and Western Europe, exporting their “dirty” and polluting industries “off shore”.
The evidence is here if we look. Air pollution so thick you can’t see the sky. Water and land pollution directly impacting people’s health, and then indirectly from the food supply. Millions dying in India, China, and elsewhere from air pollution. I think it is important to ask “Why?”. I remember when there were cities across the U.S. where the air was so bad that it was equivalent to smoking 3 packs off cigarettes a day. It’s not that way now. Why? Is it the legislation that was put in place to limit the release of pollutants? Certainly that is part of the answer. Sadly, I think that something else had a bigger impact. That is the Untied States (and other Western nations) divesting themselves of industries. This was done through globalization (aka corporatization) where corporations became transnational and production was moved outside the country – to China, India, Cambodia, The Philippines, Honduras, and on. Without getting into an extended discussion of this process, let me try and create a cogent synopsis.
We were told that producers HAD to move production outside the U.S. in order to be competitive. That it was too expensive – meaning that US workers and benefits for them cost “too much”, and that meeting regulations impacted the bottom line. So transnational companies began shopping their factories to the lowest global bidders. If once operations were up and running, and another country came in with a lower bid (or more incentives), the corporation would up and move. Trade agreements were written and rewritten to maximize the profitability and this included opening borders to production, trade, and finance, and closing them to workers. In other words, lock workers into place to be used as leverage to lower wages.
As production moved, so did the resultant pollution. Those million people a year dying in India from unbreathable air are joined by 1.6 million (4,400 a day) in China, and 25% of the deaths in the Philippines. In fact, 92% of the global population is exposed to dangerously polluted air (WHO). While not all of 6 million deaths per year from air pollution are caused by the export of industry a good portion are. Internal air pollution and the burning of coal and charcoal for heating and cooking are top pollutants in a number of nations
You have done very good research before writing. I am sure this will create awareness among the people and administration both.
A very detailed article depicting the real picture of patna.A strong step is needed to be taken
How was the interactive graph of the PM 2.5 levels done? R Shiny? thanks
The article is a very convincing presentation of air pollution in Patna. The level of air pollution in other cities of northern India may not be much different. This article will be very useful in creating public and political awareness
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