Photos from India

October 10th, 2008

Members of SVTC, Chintan, and Saahas at a meeting in India Serena, an SVTC intern, in India sipping from a coconut. Women in Bangalore, India, dismantling and processing electronic waste. A pile of electronic waste at a recycling facility in India. Binod (left) of Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group and Luc (right) of GTZ. …

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From Delhi to Hong Kong

September 23rd, 2008

It is still on hard to reconcile the differences between places like Delhi and Hong Kong. The high rises, smooth roads, and shopping malls are in stark contrast to the dusty, bumpy roads in India and the poverty. It felt good to look back on our trip to India and know that we not only …

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Response to the GAO Report

September 18th, 2008

Groups have been reporting for years that electronic waste has been exported out of the United States and dumped in other countries. SVTC’s recent investigation is just one more piece of evidence. But probably one of the most damning pieces of evidence came out today with the report released by the U.S’s General Accounting Office …

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Going Full Circle

September 16th, 2008

SVTC in India, at the Gali 2 Neighborhood meeting in Delhi ( September 2008 ) Lauren with Bharati (speaking) at the Gali 2 Neighborhood meeting ( September 2008 ) Participating in the recyclers meeting held in the Gali 2 neighborhood of Delhi was one of the most hope-filled experiences of my career. I started working …

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Using untested materials to solve E-waste

September 9th, 2008

After experiencing the slums where Delhi’s poorest residents live and sort garbage, it felt like we had traveled 10 light years rather than the roughly 10 kilometers down the road to meet the young, fresh entrepreneurs of TIC Group. It was easy to forget about the heat and harsh conditions outside while I sipped ice …

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Giving hope, Investing in the People

September 5th, 2008

Yesterday we spent the day touring some of the locations where Chintan is doing on-the-ground work with waste pickers. The images of absolute poverty stay with me even when I close my eyes, but at least someone is really doing something about it. We first went with a man who goes to pick up waste …

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Delhi takes plastics seriously

September 4th, 2008

Delhi seems to take the issue of plastic bags seriously – so serious that even their street signs encourage people not to use plastic bags. The reason is, plastic bags are bad for the environment because plastic waste takes centuries to decompose. I would love to see the U.S. take this problem more seriously. Also, …

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Corporations need to be held responsible

September 3rd, 2008

For the past two days we have had a number of meetings with both government and NGOs (non-governmental organizations, i.e. non-profits). Some interesting and some disheartening. I will not give specifics to protect the innocent and the…not so innocent. We had a meeting with the Secretary Department of Environment National Capitol Delhi – who well, …

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Mechanized E-Waste Recycling is Not the Answer

September 2nd, 2008

Each time we visited a recycler in one of the neglected Delhi neighborhoods Chintan Organizer, Binod, was greeted with warm hugs and news about weddings, births and other family matters before settling down to chat about their recycling business. This trust between the Chintan staff and the informal recyclers living and working in cramped nooks …

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This is India…

September 1st, 2008

We landed in Bangalore today – considered to be the Silicon Valley of India. There were no huge skyscrapers with names of electronics corporations like in Hong Kong – but this is India. We traveled with two members of the Chintan staff as well as a recycler they have been working with. Our first meeting …

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