India’s Landfills Are Out of Control And no Place For a Child

Submitted by: lalapancakes 9 months ago in Lifestyle News & Politics

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The images of India’s trash dumps are burnt into the mind's eye, known the world over. Pictures of those who are extremely poor permanently haunched over an endless landscape of soot, toxic smoke, and waves of trash. Children, barefoot, carrying plastics computer shards, and looking hopeless. It's mindless madness and leagues beyond sad.

Trash in India is a problem. Especially in places like New Delhi which dump 10,000 metric tonnes of waste a day or,“roughly the weight of the Eiffel Tower” according to Al Jazeera. There are the dystopian proportions of trash and adult trash pickers and then there are the Children. India does have official laws against child labor but it doesn’t matter, there are children - millions of them, picking trash and working as young as possible. From a First World perspective, one would look at the landfills and imagine a federal arm reaching in and rectifying the ordeal but that’s not how it works in India. The landfills are a national crisis but all Indian authorities seem to be able to do is leverage threats towards the cities who harbor the environmental disasters.

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Al Jazeera: “Recently, India's Supreme Court, angered by the apparent inaction on the issue, delivered a damning criticism of the city's municipalities, saying that if Delhi's waste was not managed properly the city faced an impending disaster.”

“’On paper, these landfills are meant to be 'sanitary' landfills. But in reality, no precautions are taken. There's no scientific process or segregation process. Almost 90 percent of the budget of the [Delhi] municipalities is spent on transporting waste, rather than managing waste,’ said Vimlendu Jha, the executive director of Swechha, a Delhi-based NGO campaigning for social action on environmental issues.”

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Male 4,362
Whoah. This harsh note of reality comes into my life at an opportune time. My sister and niece are on the last two days of a tour of India, which included the Taj Mahal and other breathtaking sights. It's good to be reminded of what's not on the tourist agendas. It also makes me appreciate the degree of order we experience in America and, all too often, take for granted. For many decades now, we've had engineers who've been designing and building sanitary landfills that, while not perfect, are a heck of a lot better than these mountains of garbage that are leaking God-knows-what into the groundwater. And that doesn't even touch on the plight of the millions of trash-picking children. By any measure, we've got a pretty great country here. Let's work to make it still better.
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Male 4,362
Test post: I have a theory that any comment containing the word children will not post. Let's see if that's the case.
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Male 4,362
Nope. Counfounded poltergeist. I can't figure it out.
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I'm crossing my fingers for Sunny's new dev.
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Male 4,362
I swear, this software is possessed. Came back here five hours later to try to post my original, somewhat lengthy comment, and still no dice. New, shorter comments? No problem. The longer comment I really wanna make? No way. The IAB Poltergeist says NO!
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Male 4,362
Whoah. This harsh note of reality comes into my life at an opportune time. My sister and niece are on the last two days of a tour of India, which included the Taj Mahal and other breathtaking sights. It's good to be reminded of what's not on the tourist agendas. It also makes me appreciate the degree of order we experience in America and, all too often, take for granted. For many decades now, we've had engineers who've been designing and building sanitary landfills that, while not perfect, are a heck of a lot better than these mountains of garbage that are leaking God-knows-what into the groundwater. And that doesn't even touch on the plight of the millions of trash-picking children. By any measure, we've got a pretty great country here. Let's work to make it still better.
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Male 4,362
So odd. The IAB poltergeist refuses to let me make any comment longer than 20 words or so.
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Male 4,362
Whoah. This harsh note of reality comes into my life at an opportune time. My sister and niece are on the last two days of a tour of India, which included the Taj Mahal and other breathtaking sights. It's good to be reminded of what's not on the tourist agendas. It also makes me appreciate the degree of order we experience in America and, all too often, take for granted. For many decades now, we've had engineers who've been designing and building sanitary landfills that, while not perfect, are a heck of a lot better than these mountains of garbage that are leaking God-knows-what into the groundwater. And that doesn't even touch on the plight of the millions of trash-picking children. By any measure, we've got a pretty great country here. Let's work to make it still better.
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Testing, testing....
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Male 4,362
Whoah. This harsh note of reality comes into my life at an opportune time. My sister and niece are on the last two days of a tour of India, which included the Taj Mahal and other breathtaking sights. It's good to be reminded of what's not on the tourist agendas. It also makes me appreciate the degree of order we experience in America and, all too often, take for granted. For many decades now, we've had engineers who've been designing and building sanitary landfills that, while not perfect, are a heck of a lot better than these mountains of garbage that are leaking God-knows-what into the groundwater. And that doesn't even touch on the plight of the millions of trash-picking children. By any measure, we've got a pretty great country here. Let's work to make it still better.
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Male 4,362
Whoah. This harsh note of reality comes into my life at an opportune time. My sister and niece are on the last two days of a tour of India, which included the Taj Mahal and other breathtaking sights. It's good to be reminded of what's not on the tourist agendas. It also makes me appreciate the degree of order we experience in America and, all too often, take for granted. For many decades now, we've had engineers who've been designing and building sanitary landfills that, while not perfect, are a heck of a lot better than these mountains of garbage that are leaking God-knows-what into the groundwater. And that doesn't even touch on the plight of the millions of trash-picking children. By any measure, we've got a pretty great country here. Let's work to make it still better.
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Male 4,021
A friend recently back from there tells me you can live for a dollar a day in India. Why refugees from around the World want to come to a Hell hole like the US is beyond me when they could migrate to places like India.
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