More than half the computers collected for recycling in the U.S. are shipped to developing countries, including Ghana.
Credit: Courtesy of Terra Blight
The San Francisco Green Film Festival kicks off today, and we here at The I Files couldn't be more excited. The event includes 50 films from around the globe, with more than 70 visiting filmmakers and guest speakers covering environmental topics such as clean energy, green chemistry, food, housing, trash and water. The festival takes place in the city by the Bay through June 5, ending, appropriately, on the U.N.’s World Environment Day. Make sure you check the website for more information.
We wanted to highlight an excerpt from a film that caught our attention. "Terra Blight" takes an intimate look at the people and livelihoods affected by the life cycle of electronics – one of the most ubiquitous sources of toxic waste on our planet. Dangers from the "disposal" – or lack thereof – of more than 100 million pieces of discarded technology a year run the gamut, from lead contamination to death. In the following excerpt, which we're featuring now on The I Files, journalist Mike Anane asks: Why is the U.S. dumping its electronic waste in Ghana?
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